WHAT’S SO AMAZING ABOUT THIS PHOTOGRAPH??
I’ve been experimenting with some processing techniques that create an antique finish for this series on the California Missions. This is one of my images from the San Juan Capistrano Mission that was not previously published.
My processing stages included the addition of film grain, the addition of a sepia layer, a reduction of the highlights to bring more detail to the surface, some defining and sharpening. I’ve noticed there is an excessive granular appearance when I enlarge the photo on my laptop (which happens to be a PC) in WordPress. This is not the case when I do the same thing on my MAC! That, I can’t explain. Because no matter what I do with the image on my MAC, the grain effect is correct and consistent. So, if you enlarge (which now I’m sure you’ll do) the image and it appears to have excessive grain – just know that is not the case. It’s some sort of optical illusion, I guess. 🙂
I also realize there is some fringing around the sky. I believe that appeared when I reduced the highlights. I haven’t decided if I want to remove it, or not. In my examination of some antique images from the late 1800’s, I noticed a similar appearance from their primitive developing techniques – or from the aging process, I’m not sure which. But, I think it almost adds to the aged effect I’m looking to achieve.
I would love to hear any ideas you have to achieve this effect, or to modify what I’ve already done.
Oh, yeah! What’s so amazing about this photograph?
There are at least four people in this image! I know, really?? You won’t see them because I waited for nearly 30 minutes for each one to move behind a column! Yes, sir! There are at least four people in this frame located out of sight behind various columns.
And, I think that’s pretty amazing!