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Bracken Hill: Adean Moses and Someone's Feet

By andreduplessis
Bracken Hill Jan 09: Adean Moses
As always better in large view.

I was getting bogged down on a tricky conversion, so thought that I shall take time out and enjoy a fun upload:

This is Adean, who also featured in yesterday's Bracken Hill upload. Here he was (again) photographed on the steps of a cottage at Bracken Hill. I cannot remember the name of the feet's owner :-(
I utilised tone separation here - a process that I used to frequently do in the (wet)darkroom, using lith paper, and separating out the greys from the B&W tones by means of repeat printing.
There are probably better ways of doing this digitally than the process that I use, but I have not yet looked into this.
I used the threshold setting here, and worked up multple curve layers, each of a small selection of the image that needed a boost or lowering of intensity. Before the final conversion to threshold the image looked rather strange, however, these individual selections were neccesary to achieve the desired emphasis in composition. Threshold is a rudimentary tool, and as it's purpose is not quite to produce the final image, I had to improvise.

Thanks for visiting, Andre

Tags: Portraits and people

Voters: pennyspike, AnneWorner, TyChee and 7 more



pennyspike 19 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2009 12:51AM
I really have no idea where to start on this one. I applaud your venture into something different, it reminds me of those old book illustrations of a hundred years ago. I like the way it has concentrated the viewer on the component parts but I have to say I think I would prefer the original.Smile
AnneWorner 15 620 43 United States
3 Feb 2009 12:55AM
Pen and ink drawing was my first thought - I quite like it.
3 Feb 2009 1:19AM
Thanks Penny & Anne. This process (which I am glad to say is not some button that you press or instant filter etc) can look quite good and sometimes quite stunning when the right composition is selected. This must preferably be rather simple and 'clean', with a strong and bold focal point. It works especially well in compositions with lines. I thought that this image lends itself well to this. This chappie Adean is so much fun to photograph.
3 Feb 2009 1:23AM

Quote: I like the way it has concentrated the viewer on the component parts...

This is the challenge with TS. Many of the more important components that need to be seen simply dissapear when you convert to threshold. Try this for yourself - take any original colour image and convert via threshold. So much of the essence is lost, even if you manipulate the slider.
User_Removed 16 2.1k 7 England
3 Feb 2009 4:33AM
Buffalo_Tom Plus
16 2.3k 29 Wales
3 Feb 2009 6:03AM
Like your processing,produces a dramatic effect particularly in this image.Well done for being different.
Personally wouldn't know where to start.
SlowSong Plus
14 10.7k 30 England
3 Feb 2009 2:27PM
A different look to your usual. I like it very much.

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