Leica M 240 with Artsy Fartsy Filters…


Creative Playtime

Fins to the Left.... Leica M 240 w/ Macro Elmar M 90mm f/4  lens

Fins to the Left….
Leica M 240 w/ Macro Elmar M 90mm f/4 lens, Topaz Impressions: Cracked Fresco

During my last workshop (Grills & Mills) around Atlanta, I had a lot of time to photograph subject that I love, Grist Mills and rusty cars and trucks.  It was a great time and I shot exclusively with my Leica M 240 and my various Leica prime lenses.  It was a time of renal for me and I was in the creative zone.  

Greshams Mill stone... Leica M 240 w/ Summilux 50mm f/1.4 lens

Gresham’s Mill stone…
Leica M 240 w/ Summilux 50mm f/1.4 lens with Nik Analog EFEX Pro 2: Subtle Bokeh 2, for this image I desired a more realistic representation with slight blurring at the near and far edges.

 

Now back and having processed most of my images I decided to play a little bit with some creative post processing.  Yes I still used the Nik filter set to get the images where I wanted them to be, but then I decided to do a little work with the new Topaz Impressions.  

Topaz Impressions is a very good art filter that will generate effects that were made famous by several painters thru history.  It was difficult choosing which filters that I liked the most and I spent a very long time playing with them all! 

Topaz says of Impressions:

Impression helps make your photos more expressive by authentically turning them into art, the way a real painter would. Rigidly realistic photos sometimes leave less room for emotion, personal feeling, and story. Instead of just showing reality, take your viewers on a story by using Impression to capture emotion and feeling rather than details. This can make your work both more powerful and more personal.

Now, understand… I do NOT desire to copy the old masters, rather I wish to create something a little different from what I normally do with my images! Don’t you find that once in a while that you just get tired of doing the same thing over and over again with your work?  I have found if you delve into artistic post processing once in a while that it leaves me refreshed and that I can more easily look at my work in a different light…

Oily... Leica M 240 w/ Macro Elmar M f/4 90mm lens, Cave Dweller 2

Oily…
Leica M 240 w/ Macro Elmar M f/4 90mm lens, Topaz Impressions:  Cave Dweller 2

If you haven’t had a chance to play with this new filter I strongly suggest that you download the free trial and give it a try.  You will NOT be disappointed with it!

Greshams Mill w/ Topaz Impressions. Leica M 240 w/ Summilux 50mm f/1.2 lens, Topaz Impressions: Van Gogh 2

Gresham’s Mill w/ Topaz Impressions.
Leica M 240 w/ Summilux 50mm f/1.2 lens, Topaz Impressions: Van Gogh 2

If you look at the image of Gresham’s Mill above, pay attention to the leaves of the trees an the rock under the flume.  I was looking for a very impressionistic interpretation of them and the Van Gogh filter provided just enough to please me!

The Gas Cap... Leica M 240 w/ Macro Elmar M f/4 lens, Topaz Impressions:  Pointillism 1

The Gas Cap…
Leica M 240 w/ Macro Elmar M f/4 lens, Topaz Impressions: Pointillism 1

This last image above was done in a fashion with the Pointillism filter to bring out a lot of harsh grain and structure.  I wanted to enhance the effect of aging and rust.  As you can see, the Topaz filter worked very well for this!

I hope that you enjoyed this post.  It was way more funky that I normally do in both posts and image work!  Let me know what you think!

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4 comments on “Leica M 240 with Artsy Fartsy Filters…

  1. Hi Mark, I like what you’ve done with these images. Unfortunately, I can’t get the Impressions suite because my computer is a 32-bit and a 64-bit is what’s needed. I was supposed to be going on an outing tomorrow but it’s been cancelled. I think I’m going to take my computer tomorrow to a well known repair group to see if it can be converted. They’ll need to have it for about two days so that will mean I won’t be online during those days. Sharon

    • Well, it is time. You know most computers are 64 bit but run the 32 bit version of the OS. When you go to the store ask them about yours. If it is a laptop there is little you can do other than to replace it if it is indeed a 32 bit system. Let me know what happens.

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