Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Another plug for processing

I'm not into "trick" processing particularly and it tends to be overdone quite often. If I could get my head around it I'm sure it has its uses occasionally. For these I used a little (free) application called Poladroid which turns your pictures into a fair sort of facsimile of a daggy old polaroid shot. I'm not sure that the world needs any more daggy crook photos, particularly ones that have been deliberately given the treatment, but sometimes it works for me!

I like Julie's family shot particularly.

I'm always fascinated at how the context of a photograph changes with the crop too. Given this treatment, Ann's cloak room girls could be at any party or pub!

Enjoy them for what they now are!


freefalling said...

Thought you all might like to take a look here:

Ann said...

I have no idea why anyone would want to do that, I don't like it at all. Although the crop of the girls isn't bad.

bitingmidge said...

Some great pictures there! Thanks!

I like some of the "waving to camera" shots. There's a good trick to make them smile!

bitingmidge said...

Ann, me either, but I did it anyway! ;-)

Julie said...

But what I liked about Ann's original was the angle of the shoulders ... and that hit the darkroom floor!

I have lots of images like that top one in my shoe boxes under the bed that I riffle through to do my current series on my Plumbing blog. I think I prefer the sepia images from the 30s and 40s to the washed out images from the 50s and 60s.

I do agree with the premise, though, that post-processing is a legitimate tool of the photographer. However, on SWF it is often used to make sunsets ludicrous!! With post-processing the world becomes lurid rather than subtle.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I like the crop. Hate the polaroid. Agree post processing can make the scenery ludicrous. But still advocate it for cropping, sharpening and rubbing out the odd distraction.

On my camera blurred backgrounds are easily done by selecting the Portrait setting rather than the Landscape.