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Old Nov 10, 2003, 7:10 PM   #1
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Default Old Film Projector Detail : 2 versions

Here's a detail of the main visibile mechanism of this old film projector.

Here's a first version




and here's the same one were I have played with gradients to highlight the main elements.




Maybe the two shots shouldn't have been presented in the same post cause I think the second one looses some of its magics when it is compared to the first one.

P.S. version 1:
layer 0
- original shot with automatic levels and contrast correction
- some free transformations to correct perspective
- selective brightness reduction of overexposed areas ( due to the flash)
layer 1
- poster edge filter
- layer blend mode set to soft light (88%)
layer 2
- desaturated version of layer 0
- erasing of some elements to reveal the coloured version beneath

P.S. version 2:
layer 0,1,2
- same as version 1
layer 3
- a slanted reflected gradient from white to black
- layer blend mode set to multiply
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Old Nov 10, 2003, 7:22 PM   #2
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I'd like to see a black & white version of this.
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Old Nov 10, 2003, 7:47 PM   #3
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I think that something in between the two versions is what you want. The gradient is an excellent idea, but I think it needs to be more subtle. One way is to reduce the percentage to under 50%. Another thing you can do is to start the gradient from a point beyond the photo (might have to reduce the viewing size to 25% or smaller to accomplish this).

Play with this one. There's an English idiom--"It's got bones"--that describes this photo well. It has strong structure.
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Old Nov 10, 2003, 8:06 PM   #4
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JoshuaB, here it comes :



Notice that this is the BW of the first one, with all of the previous elaborations already performed.

Barbara, your suggestions need more time to be tried than a simple desaturation.
Thanx, I'll keep on experimenting.
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Old Nov 10, 2003, 8:45 PM   #5
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good idea, Joshua!!! i like the black and white better. more nostalgic.

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Old Nov 10, 2003, 8:52 PM   #6
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It sure does look good.

The upper right is a bit blown out. Can that be fixed? I have no idea but a couple other things I'd like to see are some added grain and maybe a sepia version. Great subject for some experimentation!
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I like the touch of gold in the color version. Just desaturate the red wire on the left.

Opinions all over the place!
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Old Nov 11, 2003, 6:05 PM   #8
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Barbara, here's another gradient version ( made up of a slanted reflected gradient overlapped with a circular one ).
Is this what u were thinking of ?



Joshua, I tried but I don't like nor the sepia nor, in a particualr way, the grainy version.
Not in this shot where most of the interest comes from the details of the mechanisms (enhanced by a poster edges filter too).
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Yes, indeed, Sergio. It pleases the eye mightily.
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