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LIVA II

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Today’s photo comes from 10 years ago. I had just purchased my first DSLR, and I didn’t know what I was doing. When this photo randomly appeared on my screen a few minutes ago, I thought “delete”, but then I decided to see what Topaz DeNoise AI could do with it. The answer: saved from the trash!

EXIF data:
1/1600
ISO 6400
f/20
jpg

Had I known then what I know now the EXIF data would be something like:
1/160
ISO 100-400
f/8
RAW

Topaz Adjust AI

Without Topaz Adjust AI and DeNoise AI

Once upon a time, about eight and half years ago, I didn’t shoot in RAW; I only saved my shots in jpg format. Alas, those photos are far more difficult to process in terms of getting them to look like what the scene originally looked like. The above, 11-photo photomerge is one such example. In Photoshop I wasn’t able to get the final panorama to look like the brilliance of the sunset from that one evening in New York back in 2012. Because I shot in jpg, the details were muddy and not recoverable (in Photoshop at least).

I downloaded Topaz Labs’ Adjust AI to see if it could do better. Adjust AI comes with a bunch of filters, none of which I liked. However, the adjustments for highlights, colors, shadows, etc. are far more powerful and customizable in manual mode than what you see in Photoshop, and I was able to bring the scene back to something more closely resembling what I saw with my naked eye that evening. The results are below.

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With Topaz Adjust AI and DeNoise AI

Topaz Labs’ Adjust AI is available for under $50 until 12/31/20. Use the code holiday2020 at checkout.

Topaz DeNoise AI for under $50

Topaz DeNoise AI is available through this link for under $50 until 12/31/20. Use the code holiday2020 when you check out for an additional discount. I’ve been using this product for about a year now and love the results. In fact, I’ve gone back and reprocessed many images with Topaz recently that I realized didn’t look so good (having originally used Photoshop’s sharpen and noise removal tools which just aren’t that great).

I’ll post an example below. You’ll see the difference more if you are on a big screen or were to make prints. On a phone or laptop with a smallish screen, you may not notice much.

Without using Topaz

after Topaz Denoise AI

Using Topaz Denoise AI

If you are on a phone, zoom in on the corners and uniforms to see the difference.

Topaz Labs

I’m trying Topaz Gigapixel AI now to see if I can rescue some of my pre-DSLR photos. I’ll let you know how it goes.

屋形船

Yakatabune (屋形船) off Odaiba (Tokyo, Japan)

Today’s photo comes from more than 10 years ago. Have you ever spent an evening on a Yakatabune? I haven’t. Yet another reason to get back to Japan someday.

Metal Monday

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Anthrax @ 2019 Brutal Assault

@Anthrax @Scott_Ian #brutalassault

Today’s photo comes from last summer. This year I’ll be seeing Anthrax at a European festival for the third time in four years. 2020 will have Anthrax at MetalDays (assuming it doesn’t get cancelled due to Covid-19).

Sayulita after sunset (before and after processing)

The above photo is the .jpg file straight out of the camera, but that isn’t really what the scene looked like in person. For the more accurate photograph some processing of the RAW file was required.

The below image is after a couple minutes of processing with Photoshop Adobe CC and Topaz AI DeNoise.

If you click on the images to get to their full sizes you’ll be able to see the differences better.