Happy New Year.
I don’t know what the weather has been like where you live but here it has been dreadful of late. It has rained and then rained even more. Between Christmas and New Year many areas around here were flooded with record levels being recorded in every river in Lancashire.
To give you some idea of the severity, here is the river that runs past my house. At this point the river is around 15-20 feet wide but only about 6-12 inches deep. This picture shows the river as it came over the top of the retaining wall, about 6 feet higher than usual.
Through this period, I just wasn’t able to do any Photography which is a little depressing. Unfortunately, this encouraged me to take advantage of some of the special offers going around the internet and I bought a few new plug-ins. I’m a sucker for new software and thought I would share some of my purchases with you over the coming weeks.
The first purchase is from Topaz. I finally decided to splash out on their Clarity plug in with the intention of using it on some of my duller Black and White images to give them greater impact. Here you can see the same image twice, where the Clarity adjustment has been applied to the second image but not the first.
I realise this plug in isn’t to everyone’s taste but it can often work with images (especially B&W) where the lighting wasn’t the best.