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« on: August 02, 2009, 08:52:25 PM »
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Just working on making new photos look like old photos with SilverEfex. Comments welcome.
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2009, 11:05:41 PM »
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I like it!  That's just the right image and tonality to support the classic feel.  Frankly the toning doesn't work well on the screen, a little too strong to look like some of the old processes in good shape.  But I have seen similar images in traditional framing that look like they just came out of a storage chest in granny's cellar.  Which I regard as a good thing.
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2009, 05:56:22 AM »
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I like it too!
There's some green areas  in the clouds and on the distant hills, but I guess that it's a by-product of JPEG compression.
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2009, 10:29:46 AM »
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SilverEfex is a fun application to work with.  I found its functionality surprisingly good.  I was using the LR plugin version, but I assume other versions have similar functionality.

One comment about the image itself:  I like the overall composition, but the tree in the foreground serves no purpose to my mind, other than getting in the way of the rest of the image.  This is probably because there's very little tonal separation between the tree and the landscape.  I do, however, like the composition of the landscape behind the tree.  I would suggest either eliminating it or giving it less real estate in the image.
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2009, 10:47:19 AM »
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I agree about the tree, I don't think it adds to the scene but rather muddles it, since it blends in tonally. There also seems to be some JPEG artifacting, might want to ease up on the compression settings. But I like the distant landscape and the way the cloud is towering over it. I also like the post-processing treatment, it suits the image well.
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2009, 11:34:52 AM »
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Thanks for the comments and suggestions. About the tree, I was just trying to add depth to the image. But maybe it wasn't needed.

Thanks again,
Steve
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2009, 10:13:50 AM »
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From a genre point of view the tree is justified since it was fairly common to use foreground objects in that way, back in the good old days.  It's actually hard to do well, this is pretty decent example.  There's something almost kinky about the superimposition of the texture.  Reduction was not always king.
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