I can see that I am going to make things a little harder for all you Google detectives out there. Obviously the address on the outside of the pub was a dead giveaway. Of course the Orpheus sign was probably a pretty easy hint for anyone that has ever walked down State Street in Madison. This is a very cool little city that is heavily populated by the student population of WU. I’m definitely suffering from Badger overload.
As for the images, I was looking to add a little pop to them so I turned to a nifty little plug-in for Photoshop called Topaz Adjust 3. This nifty little program from the folks at Topaz Labs allows you to control the exposure, detail, and color in ways that would take multiple layers of adjustment in Photoshop with the easy of selecting a preset or moving some simple sliders.
As you can see from the dialog above, the interface gives you a large preview window that is flanked by filter pre-sets on the left. simply clicking on a pre-set will apply a pre-defined set of adjustments to the preview image. You can quickly find the setting that is close to the desired effect and then fine tune the image with the multiple sliders below. Each enhancement can be meticulously tuned until you get just the look you are after. You can also quicly toggle between the original and the filter effect by clicking the View Original Image button or simply clicking the cursor on the preview. I prefer to create a duplicate of the original prior to using the filter so that the effect can be dialed down using the layer opacity slider. This also allows for masking if you just want the effect applied to specific areas of the image.
The best part of this great plug-in might just be the price. At just $49.99, you get a lot of bang for your buck. Topaz Adjust is available for both Mac and PC and you can download a fully functioning demo version for a 30-day free trial so you can put it through its paces before committing to buy. To download your demo, check out the Download page. To see more details about the plug-in and some sample images head over to the Topaz Labs website.
Mouse over the image to see the Before image.