Sunday, July 1, 2012

Shall we manipulate digitally film pictures?

In the last time, I have not been so active here in the blog. Time was spent in other professional activities. My hobby was left behind. But, for health reasons I have to walk and in one of these walks I took an Adox Golf with a 120 Lomography 400 ISO with me and took some pictures, most of them at the maximum speed 1/200 and minimum aperture, f: 22. I developed this film as I have been doing lately, Dignans method and Franz Dietrich bleach bath. I use this bleach to obtain a different look, more artistic, in the photos.

After some digitizing with Epson V500 and white automatic exposure and color enhancement, the photo was loaded in the program Photoscape, free software, and some corrections were undertaken to give this:
Original after digital correction
The program Photoshop allows a lot of transformations, some are automatic and some are adjustable. One of the transformations consented is the color layers disadjustment to give a look of serigraphy. A nice effect:

Serigraphic look
Another possibility, witch appears in other software programs, is the reflexion that when applied to the first version, gives this:
Photo with water reflexion
Another facility of the program is the zoom effect that can be applied in different graduation, from minimum effect to maximum. I choosed degree 7, witch gave the picture below:

Zoom effect with Photoscape
Another facility is to apply a doble glas to the picture, like showed below. This was combined with the zoom effect, that is to say, it was applied to the picture above.

Doble glas over zoom
Using the zoom facility, stretched to the maximum effect, degree 60, we may transform the original version of the picture to this:

Maximum zoom effect
My appreciation:

Yes, I think it is worth to tweak digitally the photos. From durst removal to the artistic effects, they are intended to help us make the better and more from otherwise very common or spoiled pictures. Some will want to keep only what could be done without the digital possibilities but it is difficult to say what is possible or not. Doble glass or glas with structure is possible physicaly, zoom too when photographing or enlarging, color balance and color separation too, etc.. The digital is made by copying physical processes, so every transformation is, in principle, possible. The smooth grade variation maybe not, but the digital replaces a lot of artifacts and make it easier to do things that for time reasons and costs we wouldn't do.

I love both, film and digital possibilities!

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