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Don Poulton

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 “General Store”

Hi everyone, this month I went back to an image I shot in Arizona two years ago last fall. I was browsing the Topaz blog yesterday when I came across a post that featured this general store and gas station shot from almost the same spot that I stood on. So I decided to emulate their process steps. I copied the background layer and used Topaz BW Effects to create a monochrome version of the image, using a rather generic preset. Then, on the background layer, I used Select > Color Range to select the objects with red and orange in them. I applied this selection to the BW Effects layer as a black mask to bring these colors through, and then used selections and a black paint brush on the layer mask to bring other colored areas such as the general store sign through from the background layer, as well as a white brush to remove a few bits of color from rusted parts of the wall. I also darkened an area on the left center edge (which was quite bright and drew the eye out of the image), cropped the image slightly at left and bottom, and added a white border. Hope you enjoy my creation!

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pic of Don Poulton I have been interested in photography for all my life and have been seriously involved with photography for well over 30 years. I have been a member of the Etobicoke Camera Club for most of this time and have served a term as president of this club. When my wife (she is also an avid photographer) and I moved to Burlington a few years ago, we joined the Trillium Photographic Club where I am now responsible for the club newsletter.I am a retired environmental scientist and retired computer networker, so computer skills come naturally to me. I enjoy nature photography the best, but will photograph almost any subject. I am excited about the creative capabilities in digital that never existed with film photography, except with hours of painstaking darkroom work, so I intend to show some examples of my creativity to this group.My e-mail is dpoulton@cogeco.ca.

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