Thursday, March 19, 2015

Why I've Gone Silent...

Here's why...
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Officially, Spring of 2015 begins in less than 2 days! This year's winter has everybody beat, except for those who remove snow for a living. So, as ugly as it is, this winter really does make for a good Blog Posting. I will simply show a few pictures oof this monster, and what I did with my Raw files to get an extra cold, nightmarish look. By the way, have I ever mentioned that when I'm asleep, my dreams always have me in winter?

Still, my life isn't really this bad. I gave the following pics the same treatment using my favourite Open Source Raw-developer, "Photivo". I changed the White Balance from "Camera" to "Daylight", which made for a much bluer look, because we're all feeling blue up here! Then I clicked on "Reinhardt Brighten", with added Lightness Tweak of +0.50. I also upped the Gamma to 1.18. Then, I simply raised the Colour Enhancement for Shadow and Highlight, playing with the slider's until the bluish cast mentioned above took on a subtle Electric appearance. I never want to boost colour to the point of being unreal, but just enough to slightly emphasize my chosen White Balance. Then, only two more steps, before exporting the image as a 1:1 Jpeg file - play with the Shadow Recovery to increase it, and add some Local Contrast to the Mid-Tones.

Once I've exported the Jpeg, I re-opened them in GIMP, and applied some Film Emulation (within the G'mic Plug-in). I wanted to retain the bluish emphasis, but fin a good film-type to warm it up ever so slightly - I found Kodak GX-Ektachrome 100 did the trick, and so applied this to all the Jpegs. Enjoy these if you can:

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1 comment:

  1. Love them, Dave!

    Especially, the last one. The welcoming warmth of the door invites one in. Contrasting with the intended feeling put forth.

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