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gmitchel Sep 24, 2004 9:37 AM

I took a photo of shrimp boats at Tarpon springs, using a Canon 10D and a Canon 17-40mm "L" lens. The color image is a rather trite subject. So I decided to make a high contrast sepia tone.

Here's the oringinal:

http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/...08_Web1000.jpg

Here's the sepia tone:

http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/...d_Web1000t.jpg

I was testing the Mystical Tint, Tone, Color plug-in from Auto FX software. I used four of their effects: sepia, deepen tones, enriched black, and warmth. I also used the PS Filter | Noise | Add Noise with a settoing of 1.85.

I was pleased with the high contrast.

Comments are welcome!

Cheers,

Mitch


aladyforty Sep 24, 2004 9:56 AM

I like the sepia one the best:-)

calr Sep 24, 2004 11:13 AM

I have to disagree with the lady. I do not like the "sepia" tone image. It is not really sepia, but a very harsh yellowish-orange. Sepia should be shades of light tan to dark brown. In this image, my eyes are drawn to the yellow sky and yellow reflection in the water. I don't see the detail that the picture contains.

My vote is for the color original.

Cal Rasmussen

DanielT2 Sep 24, 2004 12:08 PM

While I really like sepia tones, I have to agree with calr that it really is not quite sepia but rather a golden hue applied to the whole thing. It is still quite nice, but not as a photograph. The image you've created looks more like something I would emboss onto a decorative dish or a lithograph. The first photo - the normal color one, is a nice photo for an album or a postcard.

I sometimes like doing sepia tones, my camera has built-in sepia color mode. I think it does a really nice job of it, considering I would have to spend a lot of time in Photoshop creating what it already does. A bit of touch-up is sometimes useful after the fact.

Very nice looking pictures!

GoCubs Sep 24, 2004 2:53 PM

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Nice shot gmitchel, reminds me of Bubba Gump Shrimp. I hope you don't mind, I ran it through a sepia action that I have. I have deleted it from my hd. Also a slight level adj.

gmitchel Sep 24, 2004 4:27 PM

I don't mind people trying different variations. I'm happy to have my photo stimulate some good-natured discussion. :)

I purposely chose not to use a redder and muter sepia tone. I was trying for a high contrast effect. You offer a perfectly nice alternative.

I know that the warmer sepia tone is not to everyone's liking. What I liked about the print was the way the reflections in the water stood dout. Also the white boats and dark lettering were very stark contrasts.

Everyone is offering contructive suggestions, which is very welcome!

Cheers,

Mitch

Tom Overton Sep 24, 2004 4:28 PM

My two cents;

While I never argue with a lady, Ialso agree that this does not strike me as true sepia... but I like it. This could be very striking in a high resolution/large format. I think this suits the compostion. My only issue is that the boat at the left seems a little blown out. (I know you bumped up the contrast...)

Good work, I like it.

gmitchel Sep 24, 2004 6:30 PM

Thanks, Tom. I may tone down the white boats a bit. That's easy to accomplish with a Levels adjustment layer. Just pull back the white output slider to something like 245.

Cheers,

Mitch

ohenry Sep 24, 2004 8:06 PM

To be a contrarian, I kind of liked Mitch's rendition. The strong contrast gives an alternative view of the scene. I'd like to hear more of Mitch's comments on the software that was used.

gmitchel Sep 24, 2004 8:45 PM

I used a combination of PS CS and Mystical Tint, Tone, and Color from AutoFX.

I used Adobe Camera RAW II to load the image into PS CS. No adjustments were made in PS CS or ACR II. I used a photographic gray card to white balance and nailed the exposure. Oh, I used a polarizer lens on the shot, too.

I used four effects in Mystical Tint, Tone, and Color.

I started with the Sepia effect. I could have used another sepia effect, including my own action. I was putting MTTC through its paces, so I used their effect. You have control over the sepia tone, so I could have chosen a more muted sepia, if that was my preference. Their sepia tone is applied to the midtones , quarter tones, and highlights

I then applied the Deepen Tones effect. This added contrast. It extends the midtones and highlights, leaving the shadows untouched.

Next came the Enriched Black effect. It darkened the shadows by increasing the black component.

The last effect was warmth. It added a warm color contrast.

When I got back to PS CS, I applied the Add Noise filter to add just a small amount of noise.

The last step was to apply USM sharpening.

All of the work was done on layers. MTTC automatically adds a layer for its effects. I created new layers and merged all of the visible layers for both the noise layer and the sharpening layer. (Alt-ctrl-shift-n-e)

Cheers,

Mitch


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