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Experiment #1

Published September 23rd, 2012

Inspired by some of the effects I saw on 500px, I decided to try some image processing. I've added the original image and the two images I used as overlays.

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The end result

This is how the end result looks, as an experiment I rather like it. It has a nice colour, weathered look, but still the perspective remains. The rest of the images show how this was created.

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Original image

Not a very exciting image, but nice perspective... I decided to fire up The Gimp and do something creative with it.

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BW and blur

After converting to BW and adding blur. My idea was to use this image as an overlay for the original, to create (with several more steps) a sort of HDR effect.

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Rust

When looking at the BW image, I though it would be nice to create a sepia like effect and remembered an image of a rusty column I took some time ago.

Added this layer to the image with 67% dodge.

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Grain and slight vignetting

The image was a bit light at the edges, so I decided to add a little vignetting using this image.

The image has a mask that makes the center completely transparent and the corners/edges less so. I converted it to BW to keep the nice rusty colours.

And I applied it to the image with 12% subtract.

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