Tuesday, November 18, 2008


This photo takes me back to the very early days of my photography - developing and printing pictures in the darkroom at my high school. This was the look that I was after - grainy, contrasty, cool. I could never get that look for some reason. My pictures tended to come out flat and dull.

Fast forward a few decades, add a dash of understanding of how to get those tones in a darkroom (thank you, Ansel Adams for publishing how you made some of your pictures), couple that with digital technology and voila! The look - only without the smell and the messy trays of chemicals.

Photo: Poplar leaf on the dried mud of a riverbank. Color desaturated in Photoshop, highlights and shadows boosted 25%, film grain filter added. Vignetting applied. Click on post's headline for image EXIF data. Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2008 James Jordan.

1 comment:

Wanda said...

I love the texture!!

Wonderful detail in the dried mud and the leaf is perfect.