Photographing the Magic Bus

Today’s Post by Jamie Zartman


I recently had to drive to Montrose, Colorado, and noticed an interesting bus sitting near the highway. The light was really flat and I wanted to put some ‘magic” in the photos of this bus. I grabbed my always ready Panasonic LX100 and took a few photos.


EFX.busWhile processing in post, I turned to one of the recently free Nik software applications, Color Efex Pro 4 and selected the Solarization filter. Solarization will dramatically shift the colors in a photo, and I thought it would definitely add some psychedelic pop to the photos of this magic bus.

I selected method 3 and moved the time slider to 27% and saturation to 85%. Note that moving the time slider can dramatically shift the colors in a photo and you need to play with it and the different color methods to find a combination you like. Now I have a truly “magic bus”. All I need now is a printer with some black light ink! Peace and Love!


For another look at another Magic Bus please see Joe Farace’s Jerry Garcia tribute “How to Keep Creativity Alive” on our sister blog Saving the World, One Pixel @ a Time.