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Photo Story: A Stack of Fall Pumpkins

Nothing symbolizes fall like pumpkins.  They are used as Jack-O-Lanterns on Halloween, used for fall decorating, and the main ingredient for pumpkin pie.

I photographed this large stack of pumpkins with a fisheye lens to give an up close, wide angle perspective.

Stack of Fall Pumpkins

Stack of Fall Pumpkins

The top version of the photo was finished with the Rembrandt II Filter from Topaz Impression.  Impression is a plugin from Topaz Labs that turn your photographs into works of art. 

Topaz Impression has several dozen presets to choose from as a start to creating your artwork.  You can then further modify your image by adjusting the brush stroke, color, lighting and texture.

The bottom photo was processed with all the steps listed below except the last step using Topaz Impression.

Stack of Fall Pumpkins

Photo Details

Camera:  Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens: Rokinon 7.5mm F3.5 Fisheye Lens
Focal Length:  7.5mm
ISO:  400
Aperture:   f/16
Shutter Speed: 1/200 of a second
Exposure Compensation: -3/10 to reduce the hot spots on the pumpkins
Lighting: Bright, Sunny Morning


  • Cropped the photo in Lightroom 5.
  • Selectively lightened and darkened the pumpkins using Viveza 2 from Google.
  • Used the Detail Extractor and Vignette Filters in Color Efex Pro 4 to bring out the details in the pumpkins.
  • Applied the Medium Pop Smooth Filter in Topaz Adjust.
  • Sharpened the photo using the Unsharp Mask Filter in Photoshop CC 2014. 
  • In Topaz Impression, applied the Rembrandt Portrait II filter to give the photo a painted look.

Written by Martin Belan

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