This slide was made in 1984, stored in a binder and not touched for 30 years. There were “dust” spots caused by the plastic holder which I didn’t try to clean off on the slide but cleaned up with NX2 in PP. Amazing quality after 30 years with no color fading.
This digital image is from an Ektachrome 100 transparency from 1984. I used the NEX-5T with 55mm Micro-Nikkor close focus lens and pointed it at a lightbox about 6 inches away
A very old DMC-LC5 with Leica optics. CYMG filter. Original slightly noisy but with modern software that can be corrected. Nice 4MP image saved as TIFF in camera. Used a 28mm attached lens, with a Leica 28mm finder because the viewfinder was obscured by the big lens attachment.
This is from a WWII diesel sub, once parked in Charleston, now long gone. I think I would have liked to make a sub my home, but I am sure it would have been very expensive to maintain! But secure from hurricanes, and cosy in the winter. Picture heavily filtered to get the lighting effect.
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
Big Boat Series 1985. PP in NX2 to make the foreground greyish, and to clean up the dust caused by storing the slide for 30 years in a cheap plastic page. If I ever do slides again I will store them in boxes.
This picture is from a 30 year old Ektachrome (1984) which was stored in a three ring binder in a slide page. There is some dirt on it. I copied it using a micro-nikkor 55mm lens on a NEX-5T using a lightbox as a source.
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.
Last night went to a surprise performance of the Glen Miller Orchestra now in its 50th year and worldwide audience. Only had the Elmarit 28 with me.
Focussing the Elmarit manually was not so easy because everyone was in motion, After making some color adjustments to the shadows, I added some noise using DXO filmPack by selecting Fuji 800 ASA film look. Yes, I had to add noise to make it realistic.
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.
Example of swerve filter on a picture that was mirrored and part of it mirrored top to bottom. Three layers used and parts of each layer erased to make the composite. Flaming Pear Filter applied in CS. sRGB Color embedded into the file.
This picture goes well with a song I created. Open the link in another browser window, so you can still see the picture.
Old time look using the Super Takumar 18mm lens from an old Pentax 110 film camera. No PP. I much prefer this soft look to a heavily pp'd picture. Here the lens and camera settings produced the look I wanted. I have made hundreds of pictures with this combination and learned what the final picture would look like. The distortion adds to the quaintness, as the house seems to be settling down on the right corner.
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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.