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Simplifying an Image

I was in Chicago over the weekend and just returned home. The image below as taken while on the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier. I normally bracket my shots and this one was bracketed then combined in Lightroom (image #1).

I then played around with cropping the image to remove unwanted distractions (image #2). I tend to do this when creating the image, but since I was on the Ferris wheel, I didn't have time to frame each scene. I actually shot wide on purpose, so I'd have room to crop.

Next, I took the image over to Topaz Studio, as I thought it might look good if it was a little more abstract. I applied the paint by number filter (at about 60%) and masked the riders so they would look like people.
Once back in Lightroom, I cropped the image even more to highlight just the riders.

I really like how this turned out and I may have to print it out and hang it up!


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