I found my favorite sunrise pic I took in Japan decades ago but the problem is so far I’ve only found a jpeg version that is only 251x351px at 72dpi. You can see the actual small jpeg on the right. This is big enough for the web which is why I shrank it but without the original file, I’ll have to get creative to get something big enough to print. (I wrote more about visiting the sacred rocks on Senryu: Dawn)
If you want something to print, you’re talking 300dpi although you can probably fudge it with most at home printers at 150dpi. But I’m going for 300dpi. At 300dpi, this image would only be .837×1.237 inches — maybe big enough for a locket. So I’m going to resize it to 7.5x10inches at 300dpi which will make a fuzzy pixelated image. And I trim off the black. In this slice, you can see how the resizing it so large has affected the image:
Now I’m going to pull the image into Topaz and see if there is something I can do to make it cool.
Click the duplicate button. My thumbnail is doubled. That way I preserve a duplicate of the original image if I want to compare various effects.
On the left menu, under filters, I click on “Painting” and it opens up a bunch of filters with a painterly effect. Today, let’s click on “Edward Hopper I”. I zoom in on the middle pic so you can see the effect Edward Hopper I has on my original image.
I’ve managed to preserve the sacred rope between the two rocks and instead of pixelated sea, I now have paint strokes.
I hit the duplicate button again on the original for a fresh start.
Since Daily Post had a Photo Challenge today on your favorite Rise/Set , let’s see what happens dpchallengewhen we try “Turner’s Sunset I” on my sunrise image.
Now the sacred rope is barely a suggestion although the whole image has a cool impressionistic feel.
I also try out the “Georgia O’Keefe I”. and got this
Now I have some cool choices to print out my favorite sunrise onto an 8.5×11 sheet. Which one would you choose?
You can use the Amazon search bar to do any search at Amazon. I tried “Topaz Labs” but didn’t get any results. I don’t think there are any books on Amazon on Topaz Studio. Maybe because it’s so easy to learn? “Editing photographs” did return results including The Visual Toolbox: 60 Lessons for Stronger Photographs (Voices That Matter) today. Looked like a good book to me because the reviews raved about how the book helped them improved their “eye”. Search results will be different on a different day.
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