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19th century LB posted by bogray April 12, 2008 11:49AM reply | quote
posted by bogray

Took my LB3G back to 1862 and the first Battle of Cynthiana (KY).
Re: 19th century LB posted by Ol' Don April 12, 2008 12:38PM reply | quote
posted by Ol' Don


Assuming you don't really have a time machine (not many of us can afford them...)
could you share some of your secrets to aging these photos?

Really interesting shots and a perfect use of the lensbaby.
Re: 19th century LB posted by bogray April 12, 2008 01:47PM reply | quote
posted by bogray

First I use Exposure (a Photoshop plug-in which emulates many popular film stocks from the past) for the black-and-white conversion. Then I use multiple layers in Photoshop Elements for the toning (sepia, blue, etc.); vignettes, etc. Also, I shoot pix of floors and walls and other interesting textures and I incorporate those as layers as well. Last, I create a border...sometimes a grungy border as you often see on old wet-collodion prints.
Re: 19th century LB posted by rjcolby April 12, 2008 02:31PM reply | quote
posted by rjcolby

These are simply amazing. Craig has made for us, an incredible imagination machine. You are using it wisely. I could easily see these printed on thin sheet metal.

Ah The good old days...

Re: 19th century LB posted by bogray April 13, 2008 02:14AM reply | quote
posted by bogray

Thanks for your comments, Dick. I go back and forth about the amount of post-processing I do on these "faux retro" images...ultimately, I think they're fun and interesting. And as long as I don't try to pass them off as authentic, then it's all good.

The Lensbaby is the ideal companion for images like these!

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