Steel Mill Photo Art

This article features a selection of nine different steel mill photo art treatments. The original photograph used as the base image for this article was captured handheld at LaSalle Park while looking across Hamilton harbour.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with MC-20 teleconverter @ 128 mm, efov 256 mm, f/8, 1/1000, ISO-160

When I originally looked at this scene it immediately struck me as having some potential to be used for photo art treatments. The following images were produced using Topaz. Individual filter treatment effects are noted for each version. I appreciate that using art treatments on photographs is not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’. This is something that I enjoy from a creative expression standpoint.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with MC-20 teleconverter @ 128 mm, efov 256 mm, f/8, 1/1000, ISO-160, bas relief filter
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with MC-20 teleconverter @ 128 mm, efov 256 mm, f/8, 1/1000, ISO-160, stained glass filter
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with MC-20 teleconverter @ 128 mm, efov 256 mm, f/8, 1/1000, ISO-160, cut out filter
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with MC-20 teleconverter @ 128 mm, efov 256 mm, f/8, 1/1000, ISO-160, paint daubs filter
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with MC-20 teleconverter @ 128 mm, efov 256 mm, f/8, 1/1000, ISO-160, glass filter
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with MC-20 teleconverter @ 128 mm, efov 256 mm, f/8, 1/1000, ISO-160, poster edges filter
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with MC-20 teleconverter @ 128 mm, efov 256 mm, f/8, 1/1000, ISO-160, plastic wrap filter
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with MC-20 teleconverter @ 128 mm, efov 256 mm, f/8, 1/1000, ISO-160, glowing edges filter
Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with MC-20 teleconverter @ 128 mm, efov 256 mm, f/8, 1/1000, ISO-160, ripple filter

I found that creating these examples of steel mill photo art treatments was a fun and interesting diversion. Sometimes these kinds of exercises can help us break away from our habitual ways of seeing and interpreting the world around us.

Technical Note:
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. Various filters found in Topaz were used to produce the various photo art treatments.

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6 thoughts on “Steel Mill Photo Art”

  1. Tom:
    The second photo, the first Topaz image is a wonderful piece of art and is a great candidate for a large wall picture. I really enjoy the work you do with Topaz and look forward to your experiments with this software.

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