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The Forgotten Mask

By SnappyViking
This is an image of a childs gas mask, notice the little balloon on the nose, I spotted on the back seat of a classic car. Taken as a RAW image and converted using Silver Efex Pro.

How would improve this image?

Tags: Black and white Ww2

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Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 11:20PM
It's not necessarily a child's mask, it's a standard civilian issue mask, probably issued at the beginning of the war, in 1939. The 'balloon' is in fact the outward valve, allowing breathing out, but closing when breathing in, making air pass through the cannister. Earlier models had a separate cannister on a hose.
Some of the childrens' ones had a single eyepiece, and the babies' version included a shroud and had a bellows which needed to be pumped by an adult.

As far as the picture goes, it would be nicer to see all of the gas mask and not the thin strip at the bottom. As a study, it's fine...texture and lighting is ok. Maybe a little more contrast.


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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 9:20AM
Brings back memories and obviously it does to Nick as well. Here now youhahve an accurate description for your records to accompany this picture. I would think it was more than likely impossible for you to be able to adjust the positioning of this gas mask, otherwise I do feel there would have been a much better way of presenting it.

Any reason why your camera was set to "landscape" mode?

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
26 Sep 2012 4:40PM
In addition to the above, Ive uploaded a mod with more contrast, sharpening, an crop to fill the frame with the mask, combining both sets of advice as much as possible.


26 Sep 2012 5:00PM
Thanks Guys
Image looks a lot better in version 2
Not sure about the landscape setting.
I would have chosen portrait if I had noticed as I'm having trouble selecting the manual settings at this point.
Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 11:52PM
Rather than use scene settings, I suggest you use aperture or shutter priority, or even will learn much more quickly.

If you look at what goes wrong when you adjust various settings, you will quickly learn how to fine tune exposure, focussing and so on. It might be painful for a very short time, but it's the fastest way.

Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
27 Sep 2012 7:44AM

Quote:[i]Rather than use scene settings, I suggest you use aperture or shutter priority, or even will learn much more quickly.[/i


In-camera scene settings are OK in certain circumstances but their scope is very limited.
paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 12:06PM
Basically well seen and high ISO is often OK for mono. Would like to see the whole mask and you need more contrast, the grey tones are a bit compressed. An old room of the mono darkroom worker was to have a pure white, a fullblack and a range of grey between. In other words, set a black and white point.

27 Sep 2012 8:30PM
Many Thanks for all your hints and tips - all taken on board and will give them ago at some point.

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