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Old Apr 16, 2013, 11:44 PM   #1
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Default Old Saw Mill- Raw Conversions and Photoshop Oil Painting Filter

Had a chance to visit a steam-driven saw mill circa 1920, which was abandoned back in 1969 and today is a museum in central Louisiana.

I need to get back to this place when I have more of a chance to search it out more completely. There are enough subjects on the grounds to keep one busy shooting for at least a couple of full days, but this was a business-related trip and had a chance to shoot for only an hour or so with the E-M5 and 12-50 M. Zuiko. In this set, I applied the oil painting filter in Photoshop after converting the raw files. The subjects just seemed right to me for this kind of treatment. These are hyperlinks, so clicking on the image will take you to the page on my site where it is next to the original, "unpainted" image if you want to compare.
















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Hi Greg,

great subject matter & great use of the CS6 oil painting filter.

I find myself using this filter on certain landscape scenes to add a little more detail to grass, wildflowers and trees. Applied sparingly, the results are pleasing yet very subtle.

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I love nostalgic stuff like this and you did a fine job of capturing those bygone years. As I was looking at the photos I kept visualizing how this was when it was operating. I'm sure plenty of sweat was shed there.
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Thanks, James. There was plenty of sweat shed just taking those pictures yesterday! Cloudy it was, but central Louisiana definitely has the humidity going on this time of the year. When I go back on my own, you can bet it'll be in shorts, a t-shirt and sandals, not the dress clothes I was wearing as we walked the grounds yesterday.

I was told when the Mill was running it shook like crazy and everyone had to use signs to "talk" to one another. It's easy to see why fire was a problem in facilities like that. It's all wood, and some of the biggest lumber I've ever seen used in the construction of something.

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Hi Greg,

great subject matter & great use of the CS6 oil painting filter.

I find myself using this filter on certain landscape scenes to add a little more detail to grass, wildflowers and trees. Applied sparingly, the results are pleasing yet very subtle.

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Thanks Zig. I know I've seen an image or two where you've used this filter as well. I think I'm going to tinker around with a few more filters in Photoshop with these images and get out of my usually somewhat narrow box.
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