Thursday Thoughts June 9

I haven’t done a tutorial of my own in a while, so here you go! For this project I used Topaz Studio 2 & Nik Color Efex.

This image was from the last Spring Barns & Back Roads Workshop. My friend, Carol Mossa, was the only attendee, so I was able to photograph more than I normally would on a workshop (Carol insisted!). This is the side of an old gas station – it’s a “messy” scene, but something about it, I like!

I started with basic adjustments in Lightroom, then took it into Photoshop and Topaz Studio 2 where I ran the AI Clear filter and Precision Detail.

Next, I tried to figure out how to make it look vintage or old without using textures. I poked around in Nik Color Efex to see what filters might work and I used several.

First I applied Colorize (#6 at strength of 8%). Then Graduated Neutral Density and finally Graduated Fog (#2 at opacity of 47% with a blend of 34%, vertical shift of 86% and Highlights of 18%). This is the result:

I love the way the fog softens the image and adds some drama. It may not be vintage, but I like it!

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