Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sepia Scenes #22



WELCOME AGAIN TO SEPIA SCENES!

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This photo was taken in May 1988. We were on vacation at Mohonk Mountain House in upstate New York.

I scanned this picture from a print shot I had in a photo album these last 21 years. The printed shot was a regular color film shot and it wasn't very good. The colors were washed out.

I thought the photo would look much better in a sepia tone so I followed step-by-step the instructions given at the following link:

Sepia Toning

The instructions step through desaturating, adding adjustment layers, and adding color for the sepia effect. They are very good and detailed. I recommend trying these steps if you haven't already and see what sort of sepia toning you get, and if you like it better than the sepia tones you've been getting with one-step methods.

I think the photo looks old though a little blurred (the original was slightly blurred too)

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This photo is from the same time as the one above (and is scanned in as well) but its resolution is higher. I don't know what the white spots are in the sky portion of the picture. This one isn't as blurry.

Also this is the particular tone I chose. If you go through this step-by-step process you can choose any tone from deeper to rosier to bronzier (is that a word?)

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maryt/theteach



27 comments:

sunnymama said...

That's a beautiful chair - I love it!

Gallery Juana - ギャラリー ワナ said...

First time to join this meme:)

Being in a mountain retreat sounds very inviting. I could see myself sitting in that chair and breathing the calm air and just relaxing. I'll check out that link too. Thanks.

napaboaniya said...

The rocking chair, reminds me of my granny..sitting there awaiting her grandchildren visits :)

Pretty amazing how sepia bring out memories in us :)

Terri said...
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Terri said...

Wonderful shots Mary! The sepia is just perfect. The shadows in the first shot are also terrific.

Robin said...

I like the way you processed the shot of the chair - very subtle.

Mojo said...

My guess is that the white spots are dust or a scratch on the print, or possibly on the negative. They can be cloned out, but I usually leave it alone on shots like this they add "authenticity" to the photo. Really nice job toning from scratch! That's my usual modus ardenter (wink) for conversions, and it's a little time consuming but I like the results better that the one-click processes most of the time... Unless said one-click is the shutter click and I shot it in sepia to begin with. Then I almost always seem to like the camera's version better.

Mo said...

The second pic on the cliff looks like it could be from an old Fellini film.
I'm still in 'cemetery' sepia pic mode over at It's A Blog Eat Blog World
Cheers,
mo

ilanadavita said...

Early is fine with me; in fact even easier. Thus I don't need to saty up to post when I am quite tired. Thanks Mary.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Thanks for the link, MaryT. I'll have to check it out. Isn't it amazing how you can improve the old photographs?

Carletta said...

Remember that old commercial of is it real or is it memorex?
Nowadays is it real or is it photoshopped!
The past couple of weeks I've liked the effects I've come up with. I'm going to check out your link.
Like Elaine the rocker reminded me of my Grandma's porch. It just evokes a different time as does your mountain pic.
Lovely and interesting as always Mary.

kden said...

Oh I love them both. They just take you back in time. I wish I had a program to play around with colors on.

Jeri said...

Love your photos, very inviting! I will check out your link for sure, thanks.

Ralph said...

I have run into really old color prints (early 1960s) that were so washed out, I turned them into B&W then edited into sepia. Not perfect, but good for reclaiming the memory...

ROSIDAH said...

Great sepia scenes! I would love to sit on that chair. I tried to follow the steps in the link. Thanks for sharing them. Have a wonderful week, everybody :)

kaye said...

happened on to your meme from looking through "wordless wednesday" photo's. My photo today is also sepia if you'd like a look. Your photo's are interesting with nice details. Love the rocker on the porch. very nostalgic.

Annie said...

Your top photo really tugs at my memory, Mary. Something there, buried. Wish I could remember what it was. The chair feels so familiar, the color so right.

Jientje said...

I LOVE the first one!!
Because of the shadows and the sun.

ViennaDaily said...

I do like the classical look on that rocking chair, does speak of the old and comfortable usage of this tool!

Deb said...

what a great idea to scan other photos you have, the grain in your photos add to the sepia toning.

Little Peanut said...

That's beautiful shot and chair! Mine is up too:)

Kahshe Cottager said...

Love these Mary - they look like they belong in an old photo album!

Dianne said...

I really like the chair! and that sweet weathered gazebo looks lovely too

Melli said...

I like both of those shots you are displaying today! I want some of those rocking chairs for my own front porch - and my kids are laughing and calling me OLD now! :)

I really prefer using "colorization" to produce sepia. The one-step sepia in my PSP program really isn't very good. I get a lot more control with colorization.

Sherrie said...

Hi Mary,
I really like your photos! I really like that second one. It looks really old and the sepia adds a little more to it. Mine is posted. Have a great day!!

Sherrie

Mo said...

Was playing with Photobucket software & kitty pics today... and really liked a 'sketch' that I then sepia-ized. Since it started out as a cell phone photo - I really like the end result!
Check out Purrchance To Dream to see this portrait of my napping Daphne!

PJ said...

I can't believe I forgot to comment! Harrumph. The noive of some bloggers...
Well, when it's blistering hot here this summer, I'll come back and look at these photos. It looks lovely and cool.