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26th MoNovember ’12

26th MoNovember '12 Title: Honeycomb
Location: At home
Camera: Canon EOS 7D / 100mm EF f/2.8 L IS USM
Strobist: 1 x YN50 through gridded snoot from rear, @ 1/128; 1 x YN560 through Stofen diffuser from right @ 1/128
Notes: Messing about in the studio to get some pattern pictures. Processed with Nik Silver Efex Pro’s Antique Solarisation preset.

10th MoNovember ’11

Natures Lenses Title: Nature’s Lenses
Location: Galleywood Common
Camera: Canon EOS 7D / 60mm EF-S f/2.8 USM
Strobist: 1 x YN560 from above with Stofen softbox @ 1/64
Notes: This afternoon I went for a quick roam in the woods on Galleywood Common in search of fungi. I didn’t find many, but I was pleased with this dew-laden leaf on the ground. A bit of off-camera flash provided some much-needed light under the trees.

Time For Atonement

OK, I’ll come straight out and admit that the title is a blatant pun, please forgive me!

Last Sunday I took a picture of a rather nice coat of arms on a lovely old Victorian bridge in Leeds. It was taken on a grey overcast morning, with little light or vibrancy about it. So when I got it to the computer, I had the urge to do some tweaking. First, here’s the original shot:

Original shot, straight out of camera
Original shot, straight out of camera

The colours were a little worn and faded. I wonder what would happen if I tried to beef them up a bit? So I used the original colour layer in my Photoshop document, duplicated it and changed the blending mode of the top layer to be 100% Soft Light instead of Normal. I often play about with duplicate layers and alternative blending modes as I find this can give some very pleasing results:

Soft Light Blending Mode
Soft Light Blending Mode

I liked this better, but still wasn’t happy. Then I had the idea of presenting the image with a more olde-worlde feel. I thought I could make it appear like an old sepia postcard which had a little bit of hand colouring applied. So I tried the Nik Silver Efex Pro “Antique Plate I” filter, which gave me the following base sepia layer:

Antique Plate sepia treatment
Antique Plate sepia treatment

This sepia layer sits between my original layer and the Soft Light version to give me the final result – which achieved exactly the effect I was aiming for:

Final Hand-Coloured effect
Final Hand-Coloured effect

This seemed to go rather well with the subject matter, and I’m pleased it worked out for Day #1161‘s image.