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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Vintage image from the docks

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I love this image – I want a large print of it.

I made it during the week and when I came to write the post today and inserted the image I was wowed again.  If I came across it somewhere else I would believe that it is an old postcard or illustration from a book. But it isn’t – I took the photo last week and applied textures for Kim Klassen’s Tuesday texture challenge – vintage is the challenge this week.  You can see how others met the challenge here.

Here is the straight out of camera shot – rather ho hum I think.  But I’m finding that the texture magic works best on my not so great shots.  How about you – do you tend towards your great or your ho hum photos for texturing and do you take photos with the intention of using them for texture?

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For those who just like to enjoy the image you can stop reading now!  For those who like to know how it was done:

First I boosted the colours – seems a bit odd when I am then going on to remove colour but the boost increased the contrast in the image.  I used the Pioneer Woman boost action – three times.

Then I applied three textures from Kim Klassen.  Cinnamon on darken blending mode at 80% opacity then Magic 1 on screen mode at  100% opacity then Portrait on darken mode at 100% opacity.

25 comments:

Linda Makiej said...

Gorgeous vintage feeling.... beautiful texture!

Bonnie said...

What a transformation you have made with the application of a texture!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I really love this. It is like an old postcard. It would look fabulous framed.

Evelyn S. said...

Yes...it definitely looks vintage! You've done a beautiful job with it!

Joyelle @ An Artful Endeavor said...

Beautiful texture work! It's really amazing to see how you transformed the image.

Simply Stated ~ Rebecca said...

Oh my goodness Helena your image is amazing! I'll bet it would be fabulous as a print as well :-)
To answer your questions, I'm not really sure which I do more of...I love to capture any kinds of images for any use...but I have so much fun knowing there are so many options with ones that may not be perfect initially! Thank you for stopping in! A wonderful day to you ~ Rebecca

Butterbean Row said...

Helena,
YOu are so right! The wonderful thing about textures is that you can take an ordinary shot and make magic with textures! Very creative!

Joyfull said...

That is some fantatic work with textures! Beautiful picture and excellent edits. Super job!

Jillsy Girl said...

you did a wonderful job at making this image look like a vintage shot!

Yes, I tend to agree about the not-so-fab shots being the ones I'd rather apply a texture to, but sometimes even the great SOCs are still fun to experiment with. It all depends on the composition for me.

Anonymous said...

Oh...so....WOW! NICE!
Have a great Tues.
Melaine/patchworkprints2u

Sherry said...

This is so pretty! I love ships of any sort. It is funny you said that the textures can really make a picture brilliant. That was my thought this week also. Not so thrilled with my photos but they became much more interesting with the texture. Thanks for coming by.
Sherry

Geri Centonze said...

It is beautiful - I say blow it up and hang it on your wall!

debsea said...

gosh this is pefectly beautiful! (do we live in the same town & i don't know it??) i would love love this on my wall!!!

peabeapatch.com said...

I so agree..when I first opened your site and saw the picture, it looked like it was a postcard purchase of an older picture. I was amazed when I scrolled down and saw the original. Great and wonderful. Also, thanks for the visit to my Texture and appreciate your comment and hint. Thanks..

Jenni said...

Fabulous transformation with your editing and texture choices. I can totally see that as a print and think you should do it!thanks also for the detailed explanation.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Helena, greatly appreciated.
Jenni

snapshots2011 said...

That texture just *makes* that photo! Perfect job!

Marilyn said...

Quite spectacular. What a great image to use this texture on.

A Box of Chocolates said...

i love it and your right i would think it was an old postcard also it's great.
i don't take pictures thinking of texturing but i might start that trying to imagine what a texture would do for the photo before i take it anyhoo i love your boat

yvette said...

Wow, I took a retake, what a marvellous job you've done, truely amazing.Inspirational and creative. A talent!

diane said...

this is fabulous. A work of art for sure

shirley said...

Lovely and a great use of texture.

MaggieGem said...

Wonderful use of texture and actions, love what you've done!

Lynne said...

Perfection! You've done a fabulous job on the ship. It definitely looks like an old postcard! You live in my favorite city to visit!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

My husband is a boat captain and he would LOVE this photo. The texture layer adds perfection!

Ginger said...

LOVE this!!