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Old 26-04-2016, 13:27   #1 (permalink)
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I have been trying to make some images look like they were taken in the time represented by the re-enactors.
The Suffragettes were 1910 /13 era so I have tried to make the images look like they were taken at the time.
I used DXO film pack for the mono conversion grain and contrast, and elements for the layers and blending modes. I first made a "canvas" backing, then a distressed image background. I then sepia toned the image, scaled it to fit the background, used "overlay" mode and erased over the edges and merged them.
I then merged the image layer and background and tweaked the curves and contrast and the strength of the toning.
It was a bit out of my normal zone but I am fairly pleased with the initial results and will keep trying.
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Old 26-04-2016, 15:09   #2 (permalink)
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Without seeing the result, I can't comment, but photographs from that date were usually not enlarged, so grain wouldn't be visible; and panchromatic films only came in ten years later, so the film stock would be orthochromatic at best - so use the software equivalent of a blue filter to cut out the red end.

That might give overly dark lips - film stars of the era used blue lipstick to avoid looking unnatural.

Edit to add: the longer focal length lenses required by the larger formats result in less depth of field - especially if the lens was used at a wide aperture.
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Thanks for the information Stephen, I will have another attempt at them.
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Old 27-04-2016, 11:10   #4 (permalink)
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I think the attempts were quite good in the gallery. Look forward to the next attempts.
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Old 27-04-2016, 12:58   #5 (permalink)

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CHARLES, AFTER SEEING THE SHOTS IN THE GALLERY, I FEEL THAT THE BACKGROUNDS LOOK RIGHT, BUT THE FIGURES LOOK TO SUPERIMPOSED. IN ONE SHOT, WITH A WOMEN ON HER OWN, IT LOOKS LIKE SHE HAS BEEN CUT OUT AND PASTED ONTO THE BACKGROUND.

I AM SORRY FOR BEING CRITICAL, AS I KNOW THIS IS ONLY YOUR FIRST ATTEMPT

P.S. IT'S THE SHOT WITH THE WOMAN HOLDING A BUNCH OF FLOWERS.ALSO NOTICED IN THE SAME SHOT, THERE IS A SECURITY / LIGHT, IN THE TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER, ON THE SHED / BUILDING, THIS WOULD OBVIOUSLY NOT BE THERE IN A PERIOD PHOTO.

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CHARLES, AFTER SEEING THE SHOTS IN THE GALLERY,
Now that's interesting! I haven't been able to find a gallery, but clearly I could see the photo(s) if I knew where to look. Could anyone please enlighten me?
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HI STEPHEN, IF YOU CLICK ON MEMBERS GALLERY, AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE, YOU WILL SEE THEM THERE.
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Thanks very much. I have to go to an AGM tonight, but I'll certainly look later.
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Hi woody, yes I spotted the light after I had done it and have now removed it.
There are no superimposed figures, the shots are as taken, cropped and converted to mono.
Thanks for the input Woody, it all helps to improve the images.
I don't normally do alterations to my images but a few people asked me to try to make them look "period", at the moment it takes a lot of time and I can't see me doing a lot of it, however It is a challenge so I will have a few more attempts before moving on.
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I think these are a good attempt to achieve the old photo look. I have not had any reason to do this myself but with DX0 film Pack, Nik Silver Effex Pro, On-One and Topaz there are plenty of effects to try. I have taken many 1940's re-enactment shots and find that just desaturating a little can be enough to convey the right atmosphere. All viewing the images will know that they are current re-enactors so no need to try to disguise this but I still want to give the impression of a different place and time.
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Thanks Chris.
Thanks Dave, my "normal" images are as taken and usually not sharpened as they go for brochures and leaflets Etc., and they sharpen them as they want them, the re-enactors have a record disc of the events they do and use them on their web pages, so I don't usually have a reason to manipulate images, this was just in response to a few requests to "age" some. I just hope the Roman re-enactors don't ask, I am no good with paint brushes and oils!
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Topaz Inpression for the Romans
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Back in the old tech college days they just used to get you to throw in a tea bag and move it around a bit on the wet print to give the aged look ..........the print that is, not the tea bag
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That's all well and good but it would make the Earl Grey bitter. P.G might benefit though.
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