Plugged in Pickup

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

A long time ago, my friend Rock Sammon dubbed me the “Plug-in King” and readers of my photographic blog know that I like to use Photoshop-compatible plug-ins to enhance images. But these days, I would say my use of enhancement plug-ins is less than before but for some reason, this photograph of a pickup truck caused me to drag out some favorite plug-ins.

I started with the original images (at left) that was photographed using a now long obsolete Olympus E3 and 14-35mm f/2.0 lens (at 16mm.) Exposure was 1/40 sec at f/22 and ISO 200. It was captured, as you see it SOOC, using the camera’s monochrome mode

After opening the JPEG file (see my take of the RAW vs. JPEG controversy here,) the first thing I did was enlarge the canvas size to give additional space at the bottom of the frame. Then I filled that space using digital water that was created with Flaming Pear’s Flood plug-in.

Next I brought it into Vivenza and tweaked it hard with the Structure control to bring out the textures in the photograph.

Then I used Pixel Genius’ Photokit 2 (I consider it my most indispensable plug-in) to dodge the area where the truck sits. Photokit 2 also offers toning option, so I applied the Platinum tone to warm up the mage giving it a more nostalgic feel. To warp up the nostalgia I added the Glamour Glow filter that’s party of Color Efex Pro.

Love it or hate it, I had fun making “Plugged in Pickup.”