Old Sailing Ship by WTBird
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I have attempted to make a photo appear that it was taken about the turn of the century. The scratches and sepia are on purpose. I deal in old photos so this comes naturally for me. I am not a black and white photographer naturally though. It is tough for me. I think in color so for me to even attempt to show something like this makes me very nervous. It will be a rare event. I love work that others do in black and white but do not consider myself at all accomplished in the method. Thanks for allowing me in…if you do.

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  • Bryan Freeman
    Bryan Freemanover 5 years ago

    Hi WT, I’m not accomplished either however, I think the photo is too bright to be mistaken for an old photo. The reflection off the water is too sharp and the light through the sails too bright. Just my humble opion of course and I do like the photo and think it is a great shot but it does look photoshopped. All the best, Bryan

  • Bryan…sorry I did not make it up to your expectations but it worked OK for me and the other two that commented. But your criticism is valid. I appreciate it an now and admission. The film was stored badly causing the odd coloring and the scratches etc….thus the idea of an “old” photo was “developed” by the photo itself. Have you ever seen an orotone photo? It looks somewhat like one of those. I had one of Henry Ford that sold at auction for $750.

    – WTBird

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 5 years ago

    this is very lovely … your efforts to create an apparently old image have been very successfl!!! This is beautiful!!!!! Congratulations on your Feature in Nautical … this one just jumped off the Feature page!!! I’m with you usually … and love color dearly … black and white and sepia tones are beautiful … but I rarely bother with them. I think you’ve done a lovely job here and applaud you for stepping outside of your comfort zone!!

  • Thank you Lois…but the poor caring of the photo is what caused me to try to create the old photo look. It was stored poorly and got that tint somewhat itself. I enhanced it a bit. The scratches etc were from the poor storage too. I did not attempt to correct it either. But worked with what I had.

    – WTBird

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertover 5 years ago

    The actual style of the picture looks accurate to me, the way the light catches the water looks old style as well as the ageing. If you’d told me it was old I would believe you. Perhaps you should consider a career as a forger (just kidding). Good shot.

  • Nigdaw: Many thank but I don’t think I will get into the forging career!
    The poor caring of the photo is what caused me to try to create the old photo look. It was stored poorly and got that tint somewhat itself. I enhanced it a bit. The scratches etc were from the poor storage too. I did not attempt to correct it either. But worked with what I had. So the secret is out.

    – WTBird

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 5 years ago

    Oh heavens … i have to laugh … we all go crazy adding textures and tones etc to get the aged and nostalgic look … if I were you … i’d be digging through that old shoe box for MORE aged and faded shots!!!! you did BEAUTIFULLY with this!!!!!

  • I could never do this again no matter how many times I tried. I don’t have that many years left!

    – WTBird

  • Bryan Freeman
    Bryan Freemanover 5 years ago

    LOL, that’s funny. These days nearly everything is photoshopped and I just assumed this was too. Sorry for my assumption and we all know what whappens when we ASSUME! ;-))

  • I could never do this again no matter how many times I tried. I don’t have that many years left!

    – WTBird

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