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Old barn

By wipka84
Posted on the normal gallery but no comments or criticism so whacked it on the critique gallery for some ideas and help.

Tried making the picture look older by playing with the colours.


Tags: Barn Old Digitally manipulated Landscape and travel

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RipleyExile 16 1.6k 17 England
27 Jun 2008 1:12PM
It's difficult to tell if they are or not, but at this size it looks like there are at least 3 dust spots on the image (2 small ones to the right of the tower and one large one in the sky above the white building(?)). If this is the case you need to get in and clean your camera or use the clone tool, healing brush or patch tool to get rid of them.

The image itself looks dull and murky with all the elements in the image having the same overall colour. I'm guessing that this is because you've been playing with the colours as you mentioned. There should be some free tutorials around on how to age a photograph (probably one on epz knocking around somewhere).

There's too much empty, murky sky and empty ground. Getting closer would have made more of the focal point and cut out some of the empty space. Playing with curves and/or levels would up the contrast alittle to geve it a bit more impact.

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wipka84 12 43 England
27 Jun 2008 1:20PM
Fortunately for my camera they are birds, which i should've really removed, but thought it may have helped with the ageing of the photo. Thanks for taking the time to give me a steer and I'll have a look up at ageing photo's.
zarquon 11 47 55 England
27 Jun 2008 10:29PM
This is an image that has insufficient information and so it is very dark and lacking in vibrant colour or contrast. The tonal range is excessively compressed. (please see the histogram that has been uploaded) It shows that there were 139 points of tonal information that were available but could not be used because of the distance of the white point from the edge of the histogram.

More tones equates to a greater variety of detail information because of the ability of the pixels to take different colours. The pixels at the white end of the histogram hold many more levels of light than at the black end of the histogram so you are (potentially) throwing away far more information if you do not permit the image to use all of the available tonal information.

The first modified image after the histogram, is exactly what the image you had posted looked like with only the white point adjustment having been made. It is a vastly different image. It has the look of an old hand-painted image. Older images were all monochrome and had to be hand tinted. I used to enjoy using various dyes and building up layers of almost transparent colour, directly onto the negative or print.

The second modified image is my attempt to show you what a hand-tinted image felt like. The image is much smaller than I like to work with but I offer it as a starting point. Pastel shades and muted colours were much sought after. I used a method of simply masking the image and applying the colour in colour mode, directly onto the mask. I first draw the various selections with the polygonal lasso tool and saved each of the selections.

Your image is probably far too small to be an effective representation of a barn. There is too much sky, and too much foreground. You should not give the observer anywhere else to look but the subject. My final modified image is a suggested crop and it should help you to see what was important within the image frame.

Your portfolio shows that you are thinking photographically. I particularly liked your harbour image. Keep shooting because the more you learn, the more you will be able to bend light to your will. Smile

wipka84 12 43 England
30 Jun 2008 1:53PM
Thanks for showing the technique and taking the time to highlight where the photo has gone wrong and which direction it should have been going.

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