Sorry about the bottom being cut off. I was late and didn’t have time to reshoot.
– Paraphrased from the late, great Gilda Radner.
Sometimes having pictures that aren’t very good can be liberating. With a good photograph, you don’t want to mess with it much. It feels like a cheat. With one that’s crappy to begin with, it’s more like, “Well, it can rot on a CD, never to be viewed again, or I can have some fun with it.”
I’m trying a demo version of Neat Image, a noise reduction plug-in for Photoshop. The demo will only work on small images so I started with the reduced-for-the-web images.
For the Aspen Vista image, I cranked up the saturation in Preview, used the dry brush filter in Photoshop, and finished it off with heavy noise reduction to get rid of the speckling in the sky. It doesn’t look like a photo but it wouldn’t make me vomit if I saw it on an office wall.
For the flowers, I started in Preview and used the “Auto Levels” correction. It mostly drags the highlight and shadow adjustments closer to the histogram peak. In Photoshop, I used the default noise reduction of Neat Image. Back in Preview, I dragged the mid-tone slider to the right. A little Instagram-y but it could pass for an old Polaroid.
I didn’t want to use too much artistic license on this one since it’s a photo of well, art. I used the default noise reduction in Photoshop/Neat Image and dragged the mid-tone slider to the right in Preview and that’s it. It’s cleaner and brighter without changing the underlying subject. Me gusta.
The film is Kodak VR 400. It was in a lot of expired film I got for $1.00 a roll. Most of the rolls are a couple of years out of date. This one was labeled Develop before 03/88. From the look of the photos, it lost about 2 full stops. ISO 400 is a bit grainy any way but this roll picked up a lot more grain from age.
Film caveats out of the way, I really like this camera and I’ll try again with some fresh film. The rubber grip was coming off and the light seals are goo (I used studio tape for this trial run) but now that I know it works, it’s definitely worth spiffying it up.
This is the only posted photo using flash and it shows that the camera can take nice pictures with sufficient exposure.
This is using the wide angle adapter so it probably lost another stop worth of light.
I’ll do another entry with some post-processing on the pictures.
Google’s doodle for October 1, 2013 was Yosemite National Park’s 123rd anniversary. Closed on its birthday due to the federal government shutdown.