6. Getting Our Kicks on Route 66 - Hackberry

    My wife and I live near a famous stretch of Rt. 66, Central Avenue in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Starting out from our home city we wanted to visit some of the iconic places left on this road and travel all the way to the California border. Once underway we stopped often to reflect on our national past! So here we are sharing the sights and some of the history on another one of our epic journeys with the help of our good friends at Topaz!

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The Northern Lights - Frank Olsen

Hi! I am a Norwegian 54 old man and I’ve been living all my life in the northern parts of the country, above the arctic circle.

I’ve been told I am one of the best Aurora shooters but I don’t agree to that, though… But I don’t know anybody else that is committed to this kind of photography as I am.

The Northern Lights - Frank Olsen

How I Got Started

Before I got ill, and on a disability pension, I was working as a technical engineer in one of Norway’s biggest hospitals. So what used to be a dear hobby, has now become more like my daily routine…

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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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