Saturday, May 25, 2013

SEPIA SATURDAY (163)

This week on Sepia Saturday
the prompt picture suggests that we look at faces from the past, 
literally. 
And I took it, 
literally!!!


I had presented this photograph to you before
and here's a cleaned-up version. 
This is Ninnie
my grandma, 
in 1914, 
and she was sixteen. 
This photograph is nearly a century old!! 
I wonder what was on her mind back then. 
As I said, 
this is an edited version done with Photoshop 
and now that it looks all pretty, 
let's give it again that aged look...


I started this last few months to explore adding textures to my photographs. 
I came across some splendid examples by those who are experts at this 
and it inspired me to do something similar. 
There are quite a few people on Flickr that create and share portfolios of textures 
which in turn you can use in your own photographs. 
The one above is by one of my favorites, 
I resized it for a perfect fit over the cropped version I wanted this time, 
and played with it. 


Looking at the prompt picture and its rounded corner, 
I was compelled to use a second layer. 
This one is by 
Again, 
resizing and much modifications to get the look I wanted.


Once everything is blended in, 
you get this. 
And if I dare say so... 
I LIKE IT!!! 
This is it for this week, 
a modern look on vintage photography. 
Is it cheating or reviving the past?!?


Plenty more to see on 
:)~ 
HUGZ

24 comments:

  1. Looking at things mostly from an archival viewpoitn, I prefer the untouched originals, but I appreciate skilful digital editing and this one has a charm to it that one perhaps would find hard to elicit from the original.

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    1. Even what you call the "original" here is modified, cleaned-up with photoshop.
      The true original can be seen via the link I provided.
      I tried interpreting anew this portrait with kindness with the modern tools we now have
      while fitting within the theme.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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    2. No, I was referring to the original original :-)

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  2. This seems like a very useful technique for photo restoration, especially in cases where parts of a photo are severely damaged or even missing. Are you setting up shop?

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    1. Nope, it'll remain a personal adventure...
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  3. I am beginning to see why you love cats so much....you are very curious, as are they!
    Your 'Ninny' would love what you have done to her, Bruno...mind you she may think you are a witch with what 'powers' you display here!! Great job and thanks for the 'flicker' lead.

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    1. She was a woman that always kept up with her time.
      Had she lived this long, I don't think all of those changes would have fazed her.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  4. I am afraid that I don't really like overly modified photos. I like the very original best.

    I think that a few marks and scratches makes it more authentic. I have most of my photos twice as I keep the original and then do fixes when necessary (ie too many scratches or folds).

    My daughter would prefer your modified version. She is always playing around with editing and such and thinks that I am "boring"

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    1. No need to be afraid!!
      I like both, the original for archive purpose,
      and the edited, just for the fun of it.
      Someone has to be "boring" here
      or else, nothing would be "original" these days...
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  5. Those textures look like they would be fun to play with.

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  6. Not cheating, never cheating. The photographers who took the original photographs would have bitten your hand off to get Photoshop. Without it they had to result to scratches and ink marks.

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  7. Always good to learn new tricks. The originals for conservation and to touch our personal history; creative alterations for fun and creativity.

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    1. I'm all about trying new things!!
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  8. I enjoy the information and tips for playing with photos. Why not be creative when we have all these great tools at our disposal...you can keep the original for posterity. Ninny was gorgeous and I love that huge hair bow. She looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for publishing the steps in the process.

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    1. Well, the lady had quite the sense of humor!!
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  9. A very artful and creative spin on this weekend's Sepia theme. Since original photos were made in a darkroom using a negative film, the paper images are already one remove from what the camera lens saw. And photos were cropped, enlarged, toned, and printed multiple times on gloss and matte papers. So a scan of a photo, published on the web is really a new version of that original film image. Why not use a textured digital paper to better display that original? I like it!

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    1. For having done some work in the darkroom in college,
      I know first hand just how much variations one can do there,
      altering what the camera saw. That is why I think it is not improper
      to photoshop pictures now, as long as the spirit of the original is respected.
      At least, memories are preserved, in some form.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  10. I like this idea. I will be playing around with some photographs with torn or damaged backgrounds. I like originals but also like messing with them sometimes.

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    1. Well, you certainly are no stranger.
      I remember those merging you did of then and now pictures.
      I hope you'll share with us the results.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  11. Interesting. I have never got round to 'playing' with photos that much but I can see some benefits here. Like the girl, anyhow.

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    1. Altering pictures is second nature to me as I seek to make them look their best,
      in my opinion, of course...
      Try it!! You might be surprised, by the results,
      and the joy at making them better.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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