From Pedestrian to Painterly – WPC

“Photography means painting with light.”

Katja Michael



This week I participated in a class on the creative possibilities of Topaz Labs’ suite of products. Happily, it’s given me an excellent opportunity to respond to this week’s photo challenge “pedestrian”.



“A painter works with color as the medium, a photographer works with light.”

Carlotta M. Corpron

We’ve all been there – tried to photograph a wonderful scene where the lighting wasn’t perfect, or the wind was making sharpness impossible, or any of a thousand issues got in the way of our capturing the scene as we imagined it. Topaz helps the photographer to take those disappointing, pedestrian captures and turn them into something closer to what we’d seen in our mind’s eye.



“It all depends on what you visualize.”

Ansel Adams

I must admit I went into the class feeling that I had no further need for editing products, having worked extensively with Photoshop, Lightroom and the Nik tools as well as some terrific textures. I am happy to report that I was wrong, and although I’ve not spent as much time as I’d like with the products there is a definite future for them in my bag of tricks.



“Art is a visual language; I’m just perfecting my alphabet.”

Zachary A. Diaz

The best way to appreciate the power of the Topaz products is to use them – and the company offers a 30-day free option for anyone interested in trying them (just use the link above). For today’s images I used combinations of Topaz’s Simplify, Impressions and Texture Effects products.  Once downloaded, I found the products easy to understand, fun to use and extremely flexible.

For reference, I’ve included the original photographs below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the before-and-afters!



132 thoughts on “From Pedestrian to Painterly – WPC

  1. Tina,
    These photos/paintings are spectacular. Both the originals and the transformations are extremely interesting but so different in character and mood. I’m considering using this program on my Honey Pond Website this winter. Thanks for sharing!


    • I understand completely Abrie. Typically I’d agree with you but I think there are times when you can make a positive change to an original, or simply use these products for a different look in addition to your original. Here in the states we’d say different strokes for different folks! Do you have that saying? >

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