365-248 I’m surprised I am awake

Did you ever have one of those days where you just feel sleepy all day? Today is one of days for me.  A holiday, constant heavy rain, cooler temperatures and dark and gloomy. I slept in this morning so I should be well rested but I’m just feeling sluggish. On days like this when you have things to do it’s nice to make it easier on yourself. One way to make things easier with Photoshop is to use plug-ins that basically automate actions you could possibly do on your own but it would take a while. One plug-in I have been playing around with the past few days is Topaz B&W Effects. It isn’t going to replace my Nik Silver Efex Pro for traditional black and white conversion but it offers a lot more options as far as toning and effects. I am a fan of Topaz plug-ins. It’s nice, easy to use software that can help you get some great images, if not a bit slow and clunky at times. But for the current special price of around $30, I think it’s a no-brainer to add to the arsenal. Of course, like all plug-ins and effects, I like to use them sparingly and subtlety to enhance photos but not overtake them.

Regular readers know that I am a guitarist and occasionally take photos of my gear when the mood strikes. Todays photo however isn’t my gear but instruments displayed in a pawn shop window. I spotted the banjo a while ago since I always liked the idea of adding one to my collection some day. But they are so loud I don’t know if I would be able to stand my own practicing! Pentax K20D, Da 17-70.

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Pluckers No.2

© David Guidas

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