Original were two barstools on a checkered floor in an ice cream shop. I used three filters from Flaming Pear. I'm trying to make some pictures that I can hang on the wall to brighten up a dark corner.
From a very old slide. Edited in Live Picture and GKON. I think I used a 50mm f3.5 Elmar, as I have had that lens for 50 years. There were hours of work to get the apparent lighting right. The shadows on the original were bluish.
I lived here on Greenwich during the 80's. I could walk down the steps into the financial hub of San Francisco, or turn right and walk down the hill into Northbeach with its Italian restaurants like Cafe Sport, Cafe Malvina, and North Beach Restaurant.
By February 2003, I was beginning to understand digital capture, and selected the highest quality JPG on the PDR-M70, which compressed the file 10:1. It made the file 1MB, and since I only had 16MB available on the card I had to be careful what I shot. Now, 128MB is available. Captured at 3.3MB.
The original slide was so dark, I thought it was beyond help. But with the wonders of modern software - in this case Nikon NX2 with U-point technology (hurry you can still buy it from B&H, otherwise the technology was bought by Google, and Nikon lost the best editor it ever had. Works with any TIFF, JPG image, as well as Nikon RAW.)
Montmatre, Paris 1974 - 40 years ago!
I decided that pre-processing the image in camera (sharp, contrast, color temp) is better than shooting RAW and fiddling with the conversion. PP in GKON and Snapseed to bring out the ambience and do spot dodging. Slide from 20 years ago.
This 30 year old slide had deteriorated in storage and the colors were faded. There was a ton of dust on the slide that wouldn't come off. I rescued it by converting to B&W, then cleaning up in NX2. The toning was added in Snapseed. You can see that the crew have dropped the chute way too early and have hauled in the main and jib while still sailing downwind. The spinnaker sheet has been loosened when it should have been pulled in under the boom, and the spinnaker is going into the water. It will cost them
I rescanned the Ektachrome using a lightbox and NEX-5T with micro-Nikkor 55. Set for Vivid color. PP in SIlkypix Studio 4 for better more natural colors than previous posting. I shot this from my C&C 3/4T raceboat. No one seemed to mind that I was so close to them. My son steered while I filmed.
The idea here is to make an impressionist type "painting" using a digital capture from a Summarit 50 f1.5 which produces low contrast, then to apply various filters, and color changes to produce a pastel palette. Rain created using Pollock filter.
All these pictures made with a Pentax 110 18mm lens fixed at f2.8 on a NEX-5 body. Edited in CS2 mostly using flaming pear filters. Images cropped to select the most pleasing colors. Some took ten minutes, some an hour to do.
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This show that even Nikon lenses can make good filtered pictures!
Nex-5 with Micro-Nikkor 55. Modified in CS using FP Swerve filter (there are millions of combinations of filter controls available - getting just the right combination takes some time.) These filters can still be found at http://www.flamingpear.com/older.html
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After looking at Monet's gardens, I tried to make an impressionist effect using two layers, one a distortion layer which I brushed into the original image. I enhanced the colors by assigning a wide color space then converted to screen colorspace.
This is the Rosetta Stone which was translated by Champollion in Paris in 1822. It is in three languages. This was the key to unlocking the meaning of hieroglyphs. Written in 196 BC, the bottom part is in ancient Greek, which was understood, the top Egyptian hieroglyph (unknown) the middle in demotic script. It was rediscovered by the French in 1799, and as they were defeated by the Brits in 1801, it was brought back to London. It weighs 1700 lbs. That's me in the middle of the picture.
When I shot this in 2002, I couldn't save images at HQ because the MM card was so small (8MB I think), so it was compressed more than I like today. It looks okay small. It was a good capture, anyway. In 2001 this was a state of the art camera at 3.3 MP.
This was taken today at Deerfield Beach, Fl. I had finished shooting for the day and was walking back to the beach house when the blimp caught my eye. Luckily I still had the camera in my hand - Digilux 1. A few seconds too late and the blimp would have cleared the building. I took some follow up shots but none of them was as good. Strangely the life guard was not noticed consciously, but my subconcious knew.
Just a grab shot as he came into the scene. The DV Vario-Summicron on this little 3.3 MP camera produces warm tones from the CMYG filter on the sensor. Some pp to reduce noise in the shadows. On these old cameras hardly any noise reduction was applied at source.
Created in LP 2.6. Originally was a daytime picture. Moon by Lunarcell. All work in OS9. It took me about ten hours to isolate the shrimpers and netting, wires etc. from the original sky so that I could insert a different sky which was created in LP. Probably couldn't be created in any other editing software.
ISO 3200 1959 Elmar 50mm lens hand held. Level adjustments only. No noise reduction. Used f8 because focussing was critical and body movement to and fro would put any f3.5 image OOF. Lens set at closest focus distance.
We are not likely to see these classic IOR yachts ever again. They were beautiful stately yachts fully equipped for world voyaging, raced for pleasure, no media coverage, no spectators unless they were in boats on the course - like I was.