Thursday, April 15, 2010

Old Photographs 2

During the 1920's and 1930's. postcard manufacturers began to colorize photographs.

The colors were predominately reds, greens, and blues. Again, using filters, adjust color, hue and saturation, create this effect. Not a lot is needed. So, heighten the blues and reds with the hue.

Have fun and experiment.

Old photographs

In the early days of film, black and white was all that you could get. Images were fuzzy and blurry. to recreate that look, go to filters, adjust color, hue and saturation. Then, desaturate to remove color from the image.If you like, you can leave a touch of color to give the effect of a sightly colorized version. Now, add a little gaussian blur.

This is as far as you can go in Fireworks, but with Photoshop, you can add filter, texture, grain.

Here is the Fireworks version. In Fireworks you can also adjust the brightness and contrast.

For more on this, go to BioRust. The tutorial was written by globator, a Russian with his own photoshop website.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pulitzer winning photographs

Denver Post photographer Craig F. Walker has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for photography. The image - Nov. 26, 2008. 6:23 a.m. Ian Fisher cradles his Squad Automatic Weapon during a briefing on the troops' morning escort mission.The feature is on Ian Fisher's decision to join the military and go to Iraq.

The Denver Post.

View Craig Walker's story of the Ian Fisher: American Soldier. Photojournalism is at its best.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Edward S. Curtis at the Wichita Art Museum

The Wichita Art Museum is currently showing an exhibition of 40 photogravures of Edward S. Curtis’s The North American Indian collection.

In over 2000 photogravure plates and narrative, Curtis portrayed the customs and lifestyles of 80 Indian tribes.

Northwestern University Library, Edward S. Curtis's 'The North American Indian': the Photographic Images, 2001.

Blending modes

Learn blending modes in Photoshop.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


This is a composite image of three shots taken at the bike trail off of Pawnee Road in Wichita, Kansas. The overall image size is 3000px by 600px. Some color adjustments were made to blend the skies.

I hoped to use the smudge tool and further blend the seams where the images conjoin, but the tool did not work. I will have to give this some thought.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

the robin

A robin is building its nest outside my window. The nest is in a Juniper tree, perhaps six feet off the ground.

Robins are found throughout the US. They will remain year round in the US, but in Canada, they migrate south to warmer area.

The male goes in advance of the female and builds the nest, but he doesn't sleep in the nest at night so as to not attract predators.

Habitat and food.