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Old 09-24-2004, 09:41 AM
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Capt'n Nathan

I took a photo of shrimp boats at Tarpon springs, using a Canon 10D and a Canon 17-40mm "L" lens. The color image is a rather trite subject. So I decided to make a high contrast sepia tone.

Here's the oringinal:

http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/...08_Web1000.jpg

Here's the sepia tone:

http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/...d_Web1000t.jpg

I was testing the Mystical Tint, Tone, Color plug-in from Auto FX software. I used four of their effects: sepia, deepen tones, enriched black, and warmth. I also used the PS Filter | Noise | Add Noise with a settoing of 1.85.

I was pleased with the high contrast.

Comments are welcome!

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Mitch
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Old 09-24-2004, 08:54 PM
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Captain Nathan has a very nicely toned image. It looks like it belongs in a richly appointed study, beautifully framed and hanging over a black walnut table on which sits some old time mariner's tool.
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Old 09-25-2004, 05:09 AM
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Hi Mitch,

I love the contrast, the warmth, but, I'm not so sure about the intensity of and the colour .... a bit too yellow and a bit too much .... but this is only my taste...

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Old 09-25-2004, 01:13 PM
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I have to admit that my first reaction to the toned version of this image was, "Yikes!". It's not trite by any stretch of the imagination, but I found it a bit harsh to my eye.

Just as an experiment, I whipped a quick sepia/blue tone on it and tweaked the contrast just a bit with levels. Then I hit it with some smart sharpening for good measure.

It could still use some work with contrast and I'm not entirely sure I used the right brown for the sepia, but there it is.

Hope you don't mind. :-)
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Old 09-25-2004, 09:30 PM
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It's a nice interpretation, Mark. I certainly do not mind people trying different approaches. I'm pleased if my images stimulate some good-natured discussion.

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Mitch
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Old 09-25-2004, 09:33 PM
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Hi Mitch,

I love the contrast, the warmth, but, I'm not so sure about the intensity of and the colour .... a bit too yellow and a bit too much .... but this is only my taste...

Oh, I understand. Some people find the tone is a bit "over the top" and others like it because of the contrast.

We're doing art, so subjective impressions are going to differ.

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Mitch
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Old 09-26-2004, 12:39 PM
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Hi Mitch, great job on the sepia toning. My trouble is not with the sepia job, but with the framing of the original. Too much water. If the water were still, there would be reflections to break up large empty space, but as it is, it adds nothing to the picture. I attach a cropped version of your original, I think it looks better, but this is of course just an opinion.
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Old 09-26-2004, 05:17 PM
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Hi Mitch, great job on the sepia toning. My trouble is not with the sepia job, but with the framing of the original. Too much water. If the water were still, there would be reflections to break up large empty space, but as it is, it adds nothing to the picture. I attach a cropped version of your original, I think it looks better, but this is of course just an opinion.
Thanks, Gary. I had not considered an alternative composition.

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Mitch
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Old 09-26-2004, 10:21 PM
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Hello All,

I'm in agreeance with the feedback. My question was. Why sepia? Using Gary's suggestion of cropping out the sky and water, I took this nice picture and converted it to a b/w, added borders and a tag line. I find it puts more emphasis on the boats and all of the names on the boats.

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Old 09-27-2004, 07:40 AM
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Hello All,

I'm in agreeance with the feedback. My question was. Why sepia? Using Gary's suggestion of cropping out the sky and water, I took this nice picture and converted it to a b/w, added borders and a tag line. I find it puts more emphasis on the boats and all of the names on the boats.

Brad
Thanks, Brandon.

I like the name! Nice.

I'll consider B&W. I'm still inclined toward the bronze or a more customary sepia, but that's a personal preference.

I am liking Gary's crop more and more.

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Mitch
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