Bel Air Wreck on the Prairie

This beaten down shell is on a salt pan in the middle of a barren stretch of prairie near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan.  The country roads that connect all parts of the Canadian prairie hold many long forgotten photographic treasures like this car, farmsteads and weathered buildings.  I love finding these great locations and try to re-visit them whenever I can.  I have visited this car and a neighboring broken down farm several times over the past five years.

With a little down time so far this holiday, I have been working with some different software to test them out.  Here, I’m using Topaz Adjust 4 to process the photos for a saturated, over the top look.  The software integrates seamlessly into Adobe’s Lightroom (my main developing and cataloging software) and is reasonably priced at $50.  I am usually less garish in my post processing but it is nice to try some different looks.


In these images I have started with the Topaz Spicify preset as a starting point, then adjusted some of the levels to my taste within each picture and then re-imported into Lightroom to adjust some of the color channels and the edge smoothness.

4 responses

  1. Evan Loberg

    The first picture at the top is wicked I love the barbwire

    January 16, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    • Thanks Evan – I love how easy it is to play with images these days. I stay pretty true to what I saw in most of my post-processing but it is fun to push things in some images. Cheers, Chris

      January 22, 2012 at 1:48 am

  2. One word…sick!

    December 27, 2010 at 6:39 am

  3. Nice treatment with Topaz.

    December 26, 2010 at 10:12 pm

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