Special Effects

October 6, 2011


I don’t often tinker with my photos, besides cropping and sharpening the image. But we took so many stunning images of the Adirondack Mountains when we traveled there two weeks ago… I was inspired! I use Paint Shop Pro X2, a very nice program. It comes with a “time machine” effect. This effect is perhaps my favorite. Which one do you like best?

Here’s the original image:


This is the “Albumen” effect, a method of photography from 1855 to 1890s. Notice how the clouds are almost completely washed away.

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The next is “Platinum,” from 1873 to 1920. This type of photography used real sheets of platinum. It was a very expensive process, and therefore abandoned in favor of other methods. The lines are very crispy and clear, though– I like that.

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This is “Box Camera,” from 1900 to 1960s, an example of the typical box cameras at that time.

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The next one is “Early Color Autochrome” developed from 1904 (initially) and onward.

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This is more like photos I remember from my very young years– the 1960s. Paint Shop Pro calls it “Cross Process.”

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I don’t for sure which one I like. Maybe “Early Color Autochrome.” It’s grainy and has an almost tangible texture to it.

By far, my favorite photo of our trip is this image. It was taken early in the morning as we drove across the Adirondacks toward the high peaks to the east. I think it’s stunning.

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I just CAN’T WAIT to go back!!!

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5 Responses to “Special Effects”

  1. Jay Says:

    I like the “Cross Process” one the best! šŸ™‚ Very nice shoot!

  2. Karen Says:

    I love how they all look so different. Looks like fun! What beautiful scenery.

  3. Karen and Gerard Says:

    I like the first and last picture best–I am a color person.

  4. Hilary Says:

    my vote is for the platinum… but i have a thing for black & white photos…

  5. lin Says:

    Anyway you “shop” it, those are great photos!