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I am working on some specific toning effects, and chose this photo as it had a good range of lights and darks. I have had to true up the picture, and am not sure how well that worked - it is quite difficult to know as the stove may not have been true in the first place, and the washing hangs at an angle. I should have tried harder to get straight on at the taking stage, but it is not always that easy in a museum. Anyway, I would be grateful for any comments, in particular about the toning. The effect I am aiming at is a pseudo lith effect, and I have produced the effect with Photoshop layers, not with an action. I have also 'aged' the shot a bit, using a texture layer. I originally tried to chip the border a bit, but this just looked naff.

This is not true mono, but I think the intention and style is closest to mono, which is why I have given it this tag.

Thanks for looking and any comments - always gratefully received.

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Olympus E-P1
Lens:LUMIX G 20/F1.7
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Apr 2012 - 11:13 AM
Focal Length:20mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.7
Aperture:f/2.2
Shutter Speed:1/15sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
Title:Stove and washing, Beamish
Username:SueEley SueEley
Uploaded:15 Jun 2012 - 9:41 AM
Tags:Beamish, Black & white, Domestic, Historical, Interior, Toning, Washing.
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gazlowe
gazlowe  2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2012 - 9:45 AM

i just think its brill

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franken
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15 Jun 2012 - 10:24 AM

Works for me.

Ken

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15 Jun 2012 - 12:04 PM

I have done a mod for you, love the image in the first place, great shot!
Firstly I removed a bit of red, there was just a bit too much for me for a sepia tone, I rotated just a touch, and straightened a bit more with the lens distort tool I have on my software. I also have an aging tool that I added to give a bit more of a sepia hint, it also adds as much scratches, noise, and lines as you decide you want, I didnt add noise but I did add a few scratches and lines. I re added a bit of contrast, altered the graduation curves of the histogram a bit to add detail and improve the exposure to the washing on the rack and finally gave it a sharpen. Hope you like itSmile
Diane

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SueEley e2 Member 8271 forum postsSueEley vcard Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2012 - 1:11 PM

Thanks for the mod, Fefe. The sepia tone is a nice effect, though not quite what I was looking for. I put the colour in this on a solid colour layer, so I could go back and play around a bit more. The reddish effect is quite bright, as you say.

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15 Jun 2012 - 3:36 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like the effect Sue, I think it does what you wanted. Would just suggest you tone down the highlights where the washing is to recover detail, - theres quite a lot there to be recovered as in the mod. I used the highlight recovery tool in Photoshop CS, but theres other ways to do the same. In Levels you can play with the mid tone and highlight sliders


regards


Willie

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paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2012 - 4:20 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Interesting. I have a 6x4.5 slide of this very Yorkshire range taken about 20 years ago. There is a slight indication of un-sharpness due to the low shutter speed needed - I think I would have gone to 1600 for such an image - a bit of grain would not cause problems - and a touch less exposure to put more detail in the whites.

You would then need a bit of work with the dodge tool on the darker areas. I worked with Lith film and appropriate developers in the wet darkroom for separation and high contrast work. Lith is used in the printing industry, but I would expect much more tone separation and contrast in a lith image?

Paul

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SueEley e2 Member 8271 forum postsSueEley vcard Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2012 - 7:17 PM

Lith film and lith development of other film (eg infra red can be done like this) are different processes. Paul and Willie, you are right about the whites - this is something I am working to overcome in these experiments. Thanks.

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paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2012 - 10:21 PM

So what is a Lith effect? As I say, I am conversant with Lith in the wet darkroom but was not aware of something different but with the same name in the digital sphere?

Paul

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SueEley e2 Member 8271 forum postsSueEley vcard Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 2:30 PM

It's not digital Paul. I thought you were referring to lith film as opposed to the lith printing process of non-lith film. As I understand it, lith film was used more for technical purposes and lith development of a range of films is used for fine art purposes and produces a range of interesting but rather unpredictable tints. I realise I said development above and I meant printing. Sorry about my wrong use of language. Sue

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