In high school, rural America, late 1980s, I found myself the ‘yearbook photographer’ my junior year. A professional came and did the official portraits, but students did events and daily life. I carried the Canon AE1 around for the better part of a year, taking thousands of photos. Over the years, I fell away from photography - film and processing would pile up till I had a dozen or 18 rolls to take care of.
Then in 2004, a neighbor gave me a 2MP Fuji digital and I began to see the possibilities. I tentatively upgraded to a 4.1MP Olympus point and shoot, and with it I would take tens of thousands of photos over the next 4 years or so.
THIS photo, which happened when I was in the right place at the right time, inspired me to do more with photography. Now, new to Topaz and its suite of software, I am dusting off some old favorites, just to see what I can do with them.
Original “Heaven’s Light” image, shot with Olympus C765UZ, ISO 64, F/4, 1/250sec exposure, Enterline, Pennsylvania
Of course, I’ve made versions of this with Denoise AI, JPG to RAW, etc, just to see what could be done with a 4mp jpg image. I won’t share them all, but here’s a version after cleanup, increased to approximately 59MP via gigapixel, with a “stained glass” AI Remix stylistic filter applied, tweaked for color. I’m not sure what I’ll do with this, but it certainly is interesting, I think.
(Downsized back to original size for posting because it’s beyond the limits of the site’s content filters).