Annecy Canal

by | Blog

mouse-over for before view.

Just back from eastern France, where we visited Annecy, the ancient lakeside mountain town on the Swiss border which, coincidentally, during my time as a freelance Getty curator, whilst selecting mostly French imagery, I was delighted to finally visit the actual location of the famous Palais de l’Isle canal prison that I saw images of nearly every day whilst looking through Flickr.

Ive not shown the medieval fort latterly a prison here, this view is from the back of the moated prison as I preferred the golden hour sunset light on the canal and far distant mountain backdrop as a cherry on the top!
One surprise, a good one, was that our trip coincided with their end of winter Mardi Gras, but I’ll be sharing those images at a later date.

As I’d previously lost my beloved PL filter and perhaps it was just as well because those shadows were already sinisterly dark! I first opened in Nik Color efex pro and used their polarizing filter to darken the sky to great effect without darkening the shadows as my PL filter would have done, next I used our Fly 4 Lavender preset, saved and opened in Topaz Impression, saving at around 50% and then opening the Flypaper textures to both warm up and add a subtle canvas texture, called Danielle, from our August  painterly textures.

Btw, We hear Topaz has launched a new promotion for their Black and White Effects filter, and for the month of March you’ll receive a whopping $20 off  this plug-in! Simply enter the code MARBW on purchase!

I’m showing the raw base image unchanged by Photoshops manual lens adjustment filter.
The birds were natural and not cloned into place, just crowning an end to perfect winters-day out! ☺

Nik Fly 4 Lavender preset @ 100%

Muscatel – Soft Light @ 49%

Masque – Soft Light @ 84%

Danielli – Soft Light @ 100%

Base image duplicated – Luminosity @ 72%

Muscatel is from Tex Box 2, Masque and  Danielli are from the August Painterly pack.

Please visit our Pack page or Combo Pack page to buy Flypaper Textures. Or our Preset Page to buy Nik Presets.
We recommend : Topaz filters !!