The day this image was taken the sky was clear, there was no breeze and it was hot! Yes, the temperature was in the low 90’s in Ottawa, Canada. And, like any unthinking flight crew, we decided to walk around the park area near the Parliament building, get a little exercise and then have something to eat. We’ll blame this decision on the first officer as they get the blame for everthing. Anyway, this young lady had found a place in the shade and was totally engrossed in her book. It looked peaceful to me, even with a group of loud school children just off to our left. I added a bit of Topaz Adjust and gave it a feeling of a painting.

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  1. Earl May 30, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    I like the painting effect, Monte. It’s a perfect composition for that.

    • Monte Stevens May 30, 2010 at 9:27 am #

      I’m finding I use Topaz Adjust more than I expected. Thanks, and again have a a great weekend!

  2. Steve Skinner May 30, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    Monte, I learned years ago that the most important thing you could know is who to blame when a mission goes wrong!

  3. Don May 30, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    I also like the Topaz and use it on certain images especially this one it has a very subtle affect. or is it (effect)?

  4. Jim | SpinView June 1, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    Yes, it does seem like a postcard! You didn’t overdue the effect with topaz at all.

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