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Experiment in time.

By Vicky_Vicky
This is my first attempt at making a modern photo look old. It was inspired by all you guys who have used this tecnique since I joined ephotozine a few says ago. So thank you for the inspiration peeps. I used the techniques section on this site so thanks for that.

It is not (I addmit) the most interesting of photos. The origional was dull and not very sharp but it was ideal for the experiment.

Thanks for looking and I look forward to reading your oppinions.

Thank you very much in advance.


Tags: Digitally manipulated Portraits and people

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Dragstar 14 3 1 England
26 Sep 2009 5:17PM
Well, I reckon it works - well done Vicky Smile
Vicky_Vicky 12 14 Ukraine
27 Sep 2009 10:06AM
Thanks very much Mac.
27 Sep 2009 8:23PM
must agrea it has worked very well even the edges help make it look old so well compossed and captured. and a warm welcome to the site.
Vicky_Vicky 12 14 Ukraine
27 Sep 2009 10:33PM
Big Thanks Kevin.
James_C 13 38 57 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2009 6:52AM
Hi Vicky, I like the composition in this picture. It works very well in mono. You have handled the manipulation very well. I do feel though that the strong contrasts in this picture have resulted in some areas lacking in umph. I have uploaded a modification, in which I have very slightly darkened the image and then very slightly sharpened it. This was a quick modification and the sparpenning has spoilt his shirt, howver if I had isolated his shirt using fuzzy select, inverted the selection and then sharpened this would not have happened.
I hope this helps.

Vicky_Vicky 12 14 Ukraine
28 Sep 2009 11:33AM
Dear James.
Thank you so so much for taking the time to help me. It has been a BIG help and I love the result.

I will now start work on a second shot and I will use the techniques you have outlined for me.

Thank you very much James.
You have been invaluable.


PS I will post the next experiment on completion.
28 Sep 2009 2:58PM
Hi, Vicky!
Another quick modification. In my opinion, old photos look quite contrasting with the large film grain, faded by time. Here's to this and I tried.
Vicky_Vicky 12 14 Ukraine
29 Sep 2009 11:17AM
Hi Igor. How are you? I see you are in the Ukraine, thats great.

Thank you for your help. The final result is very stunning. I will try this tecnique also. Can I ask which city you are in? Im in Zaporoznye.
29 Sep 2009 12:46PM
Hi Vicky! I'm fine. Are you?
I'm from Kiev.
Photo Cossack was made on Khortitsa?
Regards. Igor
Vicky_Vicky 12 14 Ukraine
30 Sep 2009 11:34AM
Hi again Igor.
Yes I did shoot this picture on Khortitsa. It was a very good show and every one allowd me to take pictures and even possed for me when ever I ask them to. I also shot the photo welcome to Ukraine, which is in my gallery, so plaese take a look.

Again thank you for your help Igor and please lets keep in touch.

CherryMartin 14 10 United States
30 Sep 2009 4:01PM
it really does looks great to me.
vickyal 14 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2009 4:24PM
Great work Vicky, welcome to EPZ.
eko 14 England
30 Sep 2009 4:45PM
The perfect experiment, until I read your write up, I would never have known it wasnt a mono, enterprising work
KevSB 18 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2009 4:49PM
looks very origenal
RobRi 15 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2009 11:10AM
Nice picture Vicky.
I hope you will be posting some more ics of your part of the country.

Vicky_Vicky 12 14 Ukraine
4 Oct 2009 2:05PM
Thanks for your comment Robri. Yes I will be posting more pics of the Ukraine. I am just sorting out a new camera for myself as I am converting from film to digital. As soon as I get my new camera I will be hard at work.

Watch this space Robri....

Love Vicky.
Zilba 13 5 South Africa
5 Oct 2009 5:36PM
Great image, there is a timeless quality about the image, like something you would find in the old National Geographics.

I thought I would pitch in and also produce a variation.

best regards
Vicky_Vicky 12 14 Ukraine
6 Oct 2009 10:02AM
Dear bazil.
Thank you for your input. Your version is brilliant. I am going to do some research into your techniques so thank you very much for your help and inspiration.
I look forward to seeing more of your work soon. Although the lighthouse will take some beating..Its just amazing.

Thanks Vicky.
Zilba 13 5 South Africa
6 Oct 2009 10:22AM
`thank you Vicky'

Send me an email and we discuss any problems you having.

I generally work at A2 (594 x420mm) starting with a continous tone negative. I work with professional quality illustration board/Schulleshammer or Hunnermuller artboards, depending on the finish I am looking for. I am finding that some parts of the process are more effecient on the computer (originally everything was hand done) - but the entire process is the culmination of almost 25 years as a professional fraphic designer/illustrator and photographer.
My local newspaper, where I am the design editor, has two huge advantages. An A2 film printer (linotron) and an A2 high resolution scanner. Both of which I use.

These pieces of equipment are not generally available to the average photographer – as the graphic arts industry think what I do is a little crazy and traditional photographers are uncomfortable with my experimentation.

The process and techniques are part of my editorial illustration pallette and I have found my clients were taking my illustrations and framing them as fine art pieces. ALthough I never supply pieces bigger than A4 (210x297mm) I am not above using silkscreen on these pieces as well.

I now print these images out once I have scanned the final product on Fuji metallic paper and the effect is remarkable. My daughter loves them but son thinks they are cr*p! Smile

Best of luck

**So the highway version versus the sceanic version: there are no rights or wrongs, just have fun and remember that failure is the stepping-stone to unique success.

best regards
Vicky_Vicky 12 14 Ukraine
6 Oct 2009 10:37AM
Thank you so much Bazil, you have been most helpful. Here in the Ukraine we have just got the metalic finish. (We are a little behind the western world.) Anyway I found the finish to be amazing, if not a little expensive, still it was worth the extra.

Anyway again I thank you from my heart for taking the time to help me.

PS..Tell your son Im a big fan of yours..Hehe.

Thank you

EveQc 12 United States
7 Oct 2009 11:40PM
Hey Vicky. I saw your photo, and I started wondering what country in Europe are you from, or the photo is from Smile
I knew it's somewhere from Eastern Europe. I'm from Poland!

Nice pic, BTW. I like your energy, and involvement to make this photo better, and to learn something new.

Keep it going!!!
Vicky_Vicky 12 14 Ukraine
8 Oct 2009 12:32PM
Thank you Ewa for your kind words and your interest.
I am in the Ukraine. I go to Poland once a year to do my new visa. It is a very beautiful country with very nice, friendly people.

There are some beautiful places to visit in Poland and I would recomend it to anyone. It really is a beautiful place.

dmull 13 1 Ireland
15 Oct 2009 5:54PM
Well done your processing on this turned out very well
Morpyre Plus
17 1.6k 8 Wales
11 May 2010 10:49AM
looks great especially for a first attempt. with the one i did recently i also added some scratches, dirt marks and created a few subtle dark marks with the burn tool to give a feel that the photo was rippled with age. to help my own inspiration i had a look around online at pages with old photo's - funnily enough one of the most useful was a page showing how to restore old photo's to look new - i just looked at the old photo Grin

it is great fun doing this sort of thing and i look forward to seeing more from you in the future Grin

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