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Stove and washing, Beamish

By SueEley
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.

Tags: Interior Washing Historical Black and white Toning Beamish Domestic

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gazlowe 6 8 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2012 9:45AM
i just think its brill

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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2012 10:24AM
Works for me.

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2012 12:04PM
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
SueEley 12 279 96 Wales
15 Jun 2012 1:11PM
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.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
15 Jun 2012 3:36PM
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


paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2012 4:20PM
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?

SueEley 12 279 96 Wales
15 Jun 2012 7:17PM
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.
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2012 10:21PM
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?

SueEley 12 279 96 Wales
16 Jun 2012 2:30PM
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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