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First Night: The Bridger Foothills Fire in Bozeman, Montana

By numerous requests, I now have prints available of my photo “First Night: The Bridger Foothills Fire”. I will be donating 75% of all sales after expenses to the Bridger Foothills Fire Relief Fund organized by the Greater Gallatin United Way and the One Valley Community Foundation. Help me help support our local community who have suffered from this devastating fire that is, as of right now, not under control. You can order here.

First Night: The Bridger Foothills Fire

When I first published this photo a few days ago I had no idea how popular it would become, having been shared nearly 1,000 times already with a number of requests for use of it to help raise donations. As an artist I am always grateful when my artwork is appreciated, even when the subject matter is difficult.

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Topaz Labs Huge Update to Sharpen AI v2.1

Topaz Labs last week released a huge update to one of my favorite programs of theirs, Sharpen AI v2.1.

This update is free for current users of Sharpen AI – and if you don’t have it they are running a great special now through Friday, August 7, 2020, along with with EVEN MORE SAVINGS using my coupon code “mattsuess” (more on that in just a bit).

Check out the before/after on this image of an elk using all Auto Settings!

WHAT’S NEW

First up is an “auto-detect mode” which allows Sharpen AI to select the best processing mode for your particular image (the Focus, Stabilize, and Sharpen Modes). Simply let the AI choose not only which Mode to use, but you can also opt to have the AI automatically add what it believes is the correct amount of Sharpness and Noise Suppression.

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The NEOWISE Comet, Old Faithful, and the Milky Way

The NEOWISE C/2020 F3 comet along with the Milky Way during an eruption of Old Faithful photographed at 12:20am Wednesday morning in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

This was my second night in a row photographing the comet here. For this night I came prepared with 3 different cameras/lenses/tripods as I wanted to photograph it at different focal lengths.

This shot here was with my Olympus 8mm f1.8 Fisheye lens. Wanting to get the comet, Old Faithful, and the Milky Way in the same shot I positioned myself along the boardwalk where the comet would be framed to the left of Old Faithful.



I had all 3 cameras set and ready waiting for the eruption, and then the wind picked up. Not good because I feared the wind would blow the spray in front of the comet blocking it from view.

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Webinar Recording with NPEG on Sky Replacement with Luminar 4

On May 11, 2020 I did a free webinar for the National Photography Enthusiasts Group (NPEG) showing how to use Luminar 4 for Sky Replacement.

In the webinar I showed the AI Sky Replacement Tool as well as the new AI Augmented Sky Tool in action on a number of photos using clouds & skies from my 3 Cloud Kits.

This is a recording of that webinar.

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