Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sexy John Deere Bike

Sexy John Deere Bike

Last weekend was the big Republic of Texas Biker Rally held here in Austin Texas. This is one of the cool custom bikes that came in that weekend. I'm not sure where these people were from exactly, but I thought this was a cool looking bike. When I saw it, I was on my way home from work. Luckily, I brought my little point and shoot Lumix DMC-TZ5 that day because I had to snap a couple of things for work and I didn't want to lug the D90. For what I needed to do, the D90 wasn't necessary. So, as I headed home, I pulled up next to them a popped off a couple of shots all while keeping focused on the road ahead, of course. Of course. Ahem. Anyway, I flashed them the thumbs up and they gave me a cool sideways peace/victory sign, smiled and took off.

Since this was taken with the old point and shoot, there really are no camera settings to point out here.  However, I did do a little work with it using the Nik Color Efex too, mostly with the Pro Contrast, Tonal Contrast and Darken/Lighten Center filters.  I also tried out the new version of Topaz Denoise 4 which worked out quite nicely.  It seems much better than their previous version.  The previous version seemed to leave little square artifacts on most of the various presets in it, but this new version blends much better.  I'll have to try it on my more artsy-fartsy stuff sometime soon.

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