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Old Western Town

Postby rmalarz » Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:26 pm

Faux Collodion Process Print
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Postby LindaShorey » Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:36 pm

Very eye-catching, Bob. I like it a lot.
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Postby rmalarz » Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:32 pm

Thanks, Linda.
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Postby minniev » Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:08 pm

rmalarz wrote:Faux Collodion Process Print

That's very cool Bob, and very authentic looking. If you feel so inclined, some of us would like to know what you're doing here in your processing, and with what.

I do a lot a "play" that sometimes drifts into these antique processes, though not as effectively as you do. The toning and texture you're working with are fascinating.
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Postby rmalarz » Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:05 am

Minnie, the overall is that, in this case, I took a scanned 4x5 black and white negative, sharpened it additionally, tinted it sepia, and then copied the background layer. On the copied layer, I added a blur, which was then masked and parts of the blurred area were masked out. Then two additional layers were added. One emulates the texture of the film or plate, the other layer emulates the scratches on the plate. The various layers are adjusted for opacity until the appearance closely resembles a collodion image.

It takes some examination of genuine collodion images to get a feel for the way the camera produces the image and then how the collodion process is applied to the plates and processed after exposure. All in all, it's a fun process to produce the same effect in photoshop. I hope this gave you an overall idea of the procedure involved.
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Postby Psjunkie » Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:10 am

Well explained Bob, thank you...and interesting image..
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Postby davechinn » Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:54 pm

rmalarz wrote:Faux Collodion Process Print


Bob, even though I'm not fully familiar with the process, I do like the results. I have in the past simulated a similar style without knowledge of there being a name for it. I have to say, I learned something new. As far as your image, I like the old western town, which encourages me to seek out such sites. Thanks for the info and sharing of this fabulous image.
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Postby rmalarz » Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:03 pm

Dave, thanks for the comments. Like the real thing, the process in PS is a bit challenging, but still easy. It's easier than the real thing. To familiarize yourself with the process, do a search on collodion and daguerreotype. The actual process is quite interesting, as well as a bit dangerous. There are some youtube videos covering the real process.
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Postby rmalarz » Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:06 pm

Thanks, Psjunkie. I appreciate your taking a look and commenting.
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Postby Charles Haacker » Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:36 pm

rmalarz wrote:Dave, thanks for the comments. Like the real thing, the process in PS is a bit challenging, but still easy. It's easier than the real thing. To familiarize yourself with the process, do a search on collodion and daguerreotype. The actual process is quite interesting, as well as a bit dangerous. There are some youtube videos covering the real process.
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