I'm Ingunn. This blog is about learning to make photos instead of just taking them. This is where I collect and express ideas and thoughts, and sometimes I might get sidetracked, too! There is so much to be learned. I have an urge for making life better, simpler and tastier. My picture galleries are in the sections travel and portfolio. I write in English, but I am Norwegian, and comments are most welcome in both languages.


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Entries in color efex (3)


Fall Break

During our Fall break we visited Trondheim and had a good time there with friends. While walking in the idyllic Lade area I saw this young couple from a distance and waited until they were in between the tall trees. The image is cropped rather heavily, and I've used a preset, a bi-color filter in Color Efex 4 and I also added a frame. I only had my 50mm with me, so no chance for zooming in!


Fading fall

Yesterday's Sunday afternoon walk revealed that fall is coming to an end, slowly but steadily. The red and yellow colors are still present, but less so than only a couple of weeks ago, and a lot of the foliage has fallen down by now. The air is crisper by the day, and frost is around the corner!

I took this photo of my daughter in front of some trees surrounding a lake, and then  I enhanced the feeling I got from looking at it in Color Efex by adding a couple of filters: Classical Soft Focus and Film Efex Nostalgic. The way she looks, her hair and clothes are rather timeless, I think, and it I felt that this kind of processing was appropriate to enhance this. Finally I added a frame, too.

What do you think? 


Color Efex Pro 4

As long as my skills in Photoshop are limited to opening/closing the program, I need other options to edit and post-process my photos. This is where the Nik Software bundle comes in - it is versatile, easy to learn and solves almost everything for me. That is, until today I've only been able to add frames to the b/w conversions made in Silver Efex Pro 2. The Color Efex Pro 3 doesn't have this filter, so my color captures have been borderless so far. A bit annoying, in fact, and the feature I missed the most. Sometimes a frame is just what I need. But not anymore, because now Color Efex Pro 4 is launched, and there are frames included! Many other new features are included, too, such as filter combinations and the possibility to make your own presets or import someone else's. Of course I upgraded right away - these are great and very useful improvements.

I use the Nik Software bundle as plugins to Aperture, but they work equally well with Lightroom. They are available for Photoshop too, but if you are on a limited budget, or simply don't have the time or need for a full version of Photoshop, then this is for you. 

The photo: An angle at a building in Oslo in evening light, processed in Color Efex Pro 4