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On Saturday I took photos of Last July at an abandoned warehouse in London and I've been working on them this evening. I usually don't do a lot of extreme image processing, a bit of a crop, some exposure, contrast and colour adjustment, that's it. Then I came across this image of Alix almost floating in air so I decided to play with the effects in Lightroom a bit and this was the result:

Sepia ghost

Date: 24/8/12 01:21 pm (UTC)
dancefloorlandmine: (Digital Art)
From: [personal profile] dancefloorlandmine
Floaty goth ghost chick ftw!

Date: 21/8/12 07:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fossilised.livejournal.com
Gorgeous photograph! Really atmospheric!

Date: 21/8/12 10:59 am (UTC)

Date: 21/8/12 09:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bateleur.livejournal.com
That works well - very atmospheric!

Something slightly odd has happened with the pale areas in the bottom left and bottom right corners. Were they brightened manually, or was there something very light there in the original shot that's no longer visible?

Date: 21/8/12 10:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com
Thank you!
The opposite, in fact, there's hardly any light in the bottom corners of the original. I guess the difference is because the wall is textured while the bottom bit is more uniform.
I've only used the vignetting effect in Lightroom and that's how it comes out.

Date: 21/8/12 10:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bateleur.livejournal.com
Ah, right, it's a one-click effect then? That would explain it. Probably works by fading an oval mask into a fixed background colour.

Date: 21/8/12 10:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com
Not one-click, you can change the amount of vignetting and tweak a few things.
It's not supposed to be perfectly symmetrical and even as old style photographs weren't, either.

Date: 21/8/12 11:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bateleur.livejournal.com
Hmm... I should probably research the original effect sometime, since I don't really know what generated it.

Date: 21/8/12 11:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] davefish is your man there, he can explain the optical effect behind it better. ;) This wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vignetting) has a rough overview.

Date: 21/8/12 11:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bateleur.livejournal.com
Ooh, there's some interesting stuff on that page!

Date: 21/8/12 09:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alixandrea.livejournal.com
Hurrah, you managed to make a good photo happen out of that set by the window. :-) Thank-you for all your help on Saturday, it was great to have you there.

Date: 21/8/12 10:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com
So glad you like it!
It was my pleasure! I have to thank you for the opportunity. Getting legal access to places like this is unusual.

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