I’ve always been inspired by abstract or impressionistic paintings of bands playing that I see hanging on the wall, out in the wild.

This photo was a good 4 months in the making. Taken back in March of 2019 at the Irish Attic in Douglasville, GA. My friend Carl’s band Sweet Soul Sister was part of a Lost On Peachtree show with other artists. Taking photos indoors in low light, handheld is a quite challenging, especially with moving people ! But I’m more a fan of capturing the energy of the band while they are playing then a posed photo anyhow. I experimented with some pointillism using Topaz Impression, but the results didn’t have the abstract/impressionistic feel I was going for.

Here is that version

Topaz recently came out with Studio 2. This has a big redesign that I quite like from Studio and I found the AIremix Filters pretty cool. With some experimentation, I used two of them to enhance the above photo to achieve this result.

Since this was in an Irish venue, I like the green tones throughout, mixed with purple. It creates a warm theme to go along with the Jazz scene.

Here’s a bonus of the guitar player ! Although with an edgier feel.

One thing to note is, in my experience, Studio 2 edits are not available in the Develop module in Lightroom. So it appears Studio 2 saves a read only file or one that can only be updated in Studio 2.

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