Mount Rushmore - Gary Lamott

Recently my wife and I went on perhaps our most epic photo trip ever to places we have always wanted to visit… 16 days, 4328 miles of driving, 8 states, 6 National Parks, 2 National Monuments, 1 National Battlefield, 1 National Wildlife Refuge, 2 National Forests, and 1 National Grassland. We experienced dramatic weather, wonderful scenery and magnificent wildlife!

I will be using some of my favorite Topaz tools and techniques that I use everyday (including the recently upgraded Texture Effects 2) to demonstrate how easy it is to create wonderful art and memories, hoping to show you just a sample of the enhancements you can achieve using this incredible software!

Arches - Gary Lamott

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Step, count to 10, step, step, step, count to 10, and repeat! This recurring mantra fills my every thought as I ascend the formidable Langma La, a high pass that guards the entrance to the Kharta Valley on the east side of Mount Everest. At 5360m/17,585 feet you reach a series of rock cairns mostly hidden under miles of multi-coloured prayer flags: This is Tibet personified; thin air, faith and huge mountains – the Himalaya.

What took me there, why did I want to go, and why do I continue to go back, when again and again I swear it’ll be the last time!?

I won’t bore you with my entire life-story, but by the mid-2000’s I was living in a small mountain town in Southwest China, in the Province of Yunnan. My wife, who is Chinese, visited Tibet in 2006 and fell in love with the place, the people and the unknown – and as a smart husband, I knew to make my wife happy meant me being happy! I was away overseas on a business trip when I spoke to her on the phone – “I’ve changed your flight back” she says – “We’ve moved.” In the two weeks I’d been away, she had sold our 4×4, my motorbike, all our furniture and a good chunk of other personal items. I was so used to this wonderful way of life that my only question was “Sure thing, where to?”

One word that changed my life forever followed – “Lhasa”

Tibetan Fox by Alister Benn

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Texture Effects 2 Community Exclusive effects are back! Fall Scrapbook photo effects are now available in the Community. With this collection of borders and stickers, it’s easy to make fall themed photos to share with family and friends! Don’t have Texture Effects 2? Download a free 30 day trial to see what it can do! Running Windows? Click here! Have a Mac? Click here!

Create fun fall borders with ease in Texture Effects 2!

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Photography. I don’t know of anything that has so many people across the world so deeply enthralled. Creating imagery is a beautiful way to express ideas, emotions, themes, and more. With the advent of digital photography and iphoneography, the power to create is in everyone’s hands. With access to knowledge and the ability to continuously learn, the sky is the limit with making images. But, photography practice is imperative.

Why do we get stuck in our creative ruts and lose momentum? How do we break out of the predictable style we’ve come to rely on and continue to practice so that we grow as artists? How do we continue to develop our skills as photographers and as artists in a medium we’ve been using for years? The simple, short answer is: we must practice the art of practicing! Growing as a photographer is a continuous process and being able to deal with the wrong equipment at the right time, embrace not having a vision, and try new workflows to open up the creative flood gates and prepare for future creative opportunities.

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New Mexico’s Vanishing Ghost Towns by Gary Lamott

Continuing Our Adventures: My wife and I are continuing our adventures here in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, traveling the highways and byways to some of the more than 400 ghost towns, some of which not only died, but vanished! You can still find a few hardy souls that live in some of them, as well as some old buildings that are still standing. Starting in the late 1800s, these towns blazed in a moment of glory, then died in a sudden flame. Many were mining towns, where men lusted after the earth’s riches – gold, silver, turquoise, copper, lead and coal. A few were farming communities that flourished for a time and mysteriously fell silent. Some were water stops for the steam locomotives, their usefulness gone with the advent of the modern diesel engines that ride the rails today.

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