collage2A couple of summers ago I was lucky enough to travel to Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. Vacations always excite me because of my passion for exploring and photographing new subject matter. Little did I know of the vast amount of wildlife I’d venture upon–bison, bears, wolves, moose, eagles and…a pine marten? Yes, the fox-like creature displayed above I happened to witness while on a hike through the Tetons. Carrying my Canon EOS Rebel T1i with a zoom lens attached, this little guy and I made eye contact for about two seconds–just enough time for me to put my Pokémon Snap skills into action and capture the animal before he ran off with a bird’s egg.

While I could have done a bunch of crazy, artistic edits with this photo, I thought better to maintain its true nature while bringing out some details with the soon to be released Topaz Detail 3.1. When using this program, I always like to start from scratch rather than using a preset from the Collection panel on the left side of the screen. I started with this unedited photo:

IMG_4749I then adjusted the Detail sliders to my liking.  My preferred method is to move the sliders around until I see something that pleases the eye. These screenshots show the exact settings that I used for this particular photo (no highlight adjustments were made):

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(After Detail Adjustments)Screen shot 2013-03-05 at 12.22.52 PMIn the Tone panel, I moved the sliders around until I reached a desirable effect. I always enjoy mixing and matching the Cyan-Red, Magenta-Green and Yellow-Blue sliders–there are so many tonal possibilities with this!

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(After Tone Adjustments)

Screen shot 2013-03-05 at 12.27.15 PMNext, I used the Color panel to adjust the saturation a tiny bit. I also added some yellow hue, as I felt that it suited the summertime warmth of the moment.

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(After Color Adjustments) pinemarteenFinally, I used Deblur to slightly sharpen the photo.

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The final product:

pinemarteen2PS: Look for this series of edits to be included as a preset in the Collections menu in the next release of Detail 3.1. Also, the before and after collage at the beginning of this post was created using Pixlr Express.

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