Barbara and I have enjoyed Beachview Cottages on Sanibel Island for several years. My health has prohibited us from getting down there since our last visit in 2018 and I miss it. I’m comforted, however, by occasionally clicking on a URL for their beach view camera, a view you can see in real time (daytime only!) (and if it’s working; it doesn’t always.)
by clicking here.
Obviously, there’s something wrong with the exposure levels and also, maybe, with the color fidelity, but I love the scene at different times of the day. Then one day it hit me that the scene’s tones made me think of the work of impressionist Mary Cassatt, Pennsylvania born and raised, student at PAFA and later in Paris. As an example here’s her “Children Playing On The Beach.”
That made me wonder what I might be able to do with a capture from the beach camera. I began to do daily screen captures where I thought the scene had potential. I finally settled on this one.
Yes, it was washed out but I saw potential in the clouds and I liked the surf line and also the water’s wash on the sand.
First, since the extraction from a screen shot yielded a relatively small number of pixels I used Topaz’s Gigapixel AI to enlarge it. That program does a good job in any event but the video camera tends to produce a soft image such that enlargement doesn’t introduce much in the way of artifacts. Those that appear can be wafted away with Topaz’s AI Clear. Next, You’ll note the curved horizon introduced by the lens of the video camera. Photoshop’s Edit/Transform/Warp does a nice job of straightening things out and, again, the general impressionist tones of the image help sublimate any other distortions introduced. Next, I wasn’t happy with the scrubby growth or the bare twigs along the lower edge. In Photoshop I cropped out some of the bottom edge and then used the Clone tool to create a similar patch at lower left. Again with the Clone tool I enhanced growth at lower right. Finally, I used Topaz’s Studio 2 to fiddle with contrast and saturation to produce the final image. I did not apply any of the Topaz “Add Look” filters. And, I’m happy.