Please Kee Door Close

(Rebel XSi, Tamron 17-35mm, 17mm, ISO100, F8, six exposure HDR)

No, the title isn’t a typo.

I’ve been teetering on the edge of buying the onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite for awhile now. My good buddy Brian Matiash just went to work for that company and I discovered yesterday that he named a couple of the Photo Tools presets after some photographer friends he has, including yours truly.

As most good friendships between buddies go, insults are the way we communicate. So of course instead of naming the preset “AZ Bad Ass” he decided to go with the more humiliating, “Graddad Mike O’s Secret Sauce.” This stems from an inside joke where apparently I’m much older than some of these guys, use a cane to get around and my death is imminent. The preset may or may not contain Metamucil.

Either way, I cried a little at first, but then I got over it and downloaded the Photo Suite. I mean, what else was I going to do?

So the image above was made using my Secret Sauce. It’s a simple wall in downtown Phoenix just a bit west of Coach & Willy’s. I liked the amazing textures and various colors of the wall, but thought the sign was kind of funny considering the door probably hasn’t been opened in a decade.

I’m having a serious  blast exploring downtown. The wife, daughter and myself drove around again tonight looking for awesomeness and I shot some brackets. I really want to spend a few hours down there in the near future to really take my time finding hidden gems. But when you are busy with work all the time, it’s nice to bring the family along for a short little drive around the desolate, abandoned areas of town right?

Perfect Photo Suite is pretty awesome and I’m slowly getting the hang of it. One thing brilliant about onOne themselves as a company is the way they go about helping you learn how to use their software, with webinars, video tutorials, etc. Brian even did a little webex for me to show me quickly how it worked with Photoshop, because I really want to be able to use it for processing portraits as well. Amazing customer service at onOne. That’s how you earn loyalty and good word of mouth.

There is a smashing deal going on right now for the thing…check it out (offer expires on the 8th).

Can’t wait to show off a few more images next week…and hopefully get out there to shoot some more.

  • http://www.behindmyeyes.me Jim Denham

    Great shot Mike. The secret sauce is pretty cool! I agree with you, though, AZ Bad Ass sounds a whole lot better! I’d have hard time clicking on the Granddad preset!

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  • http://www.stevebeal.com Steve Beal

    Love the special sauce! 🙂 Great shot and the new OnOne Photo Suite is life changing!

  • http://toomuchglass.net/ Mark Garbowski

    Great shot Mike,and congratulations on the honor. I haven’t yet updated to the new version of the Suite – I hope to have time this weekend. I look forward to trying your secret sauce, and seeing if I can identify anybody else I know in any of the filters and presets.

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Oooh, very creepy effect! It’s like grunge in steroids! I may have to break down and get the suite too… I am converting to the dark side (buying an iMac this weekend) so I have to reassess my software needs anyways… I’ve used the free version and it has some great stuff for portraits to… Keep up the great work!

  • http://lussierphoto.com Bob Lussier

    So if you are Granddad, I must be Great Granddad! I have yet to install my upgrade to OnOne, due to an issue, apparently unique to my Mac. Hope to have it resolved this weekend. I am dying to give the new presets a shot.

    Oh … and yes, this shot is great.