It’s Got Muck all Over It!

Just a quick update of my last post, Sepia Selenium Cyanotype,  to those of you who showed an interest in its progress. I was trying to get a look close to that of the Roger Fenton images of the Crimea. The heavily sepia’d image seemed to be the closest but was lacking in general wear and tear and . . . well, Muck!

Not really one to use textures and brushes to be honest, So I found some photoshop brushes on an old disc that came with a magazine I once bought and had a bit of an experiment. Some were right over the top, but I am a persistent fiddler and so I fiddled away until I was happy, I also watch a lot of “Carry On” films. I think the end result is reasonably close. Have a look at some of the originals    http://allworldwars.com/Crimean-War-Photographs-by-Roger-Fenton-1855.html

Original
All mucked up

8 Replies to “It’s Got Muck all Over It!”

  1. Thanks for the link, some good photos on there 🙂

    Just to be picky, if anything, I would say your image is still a lot sharper and not as flat as the Fenton ones. I think you have the colouring spot on. How long did it take you to get there?

    1. I dunno, some of his images , some of em quite a scroll down on that site admittedly, almost looked as if they had been plucked from a time lapse sequence the images are so sharp against the background. Bloody good work considering the kit at the time, apparently the food was a bit rubbish as well out there. Watched a tellybox programme about the crimea and the conditions were atrocious.
      Didnt take all that long to be fair, just whizzing the sliders about in Silver efex pro 2 and then experimenting with brushes in photoshop. I suppose in all about an hour tops. All good fun though 🙂

  2. Fentons work is almost luminous, beautiful tonal range as you say. Have these aged to this colour or were they toned this colour in processing? Love that one of the photographic van!

    1. Do you know I have not got a Scooby Doo. I guess age may have played its part but Im not sure if his process had anything to do with it. However now you have put the question, ” I NEED TO KNOW!” Something for me to research and find out. So thats my evening sorted out later on 🙂

      Cheers 🙂

  3. I like the mucking about effect but I agree with roughseasinthemed, I would soften the image a wee bit. Film back then had a very low ISO (1) so poses had to be still for quite a while and even though they were using large format cameras, the lenses were not the high quality sharpness we come to expect today. I really like the image as it stands, though.

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