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Old Time Hero

Old Time Hero
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Copyright: Larry A Brechner (brech) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2000-09-02
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Canon T90, Vivitar Ser 1 70-210mm f/3.5 macro, Kodak T400CN, Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/240 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-15 10:03
Viewed: 1725
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On display at the Frankfort, Illinois' Fall Festival, this old fire engine was a beautifully shined to the max, chrome and red body proudly glowing on a Sunny-16 day.

I shot this image in B&W to capture the "face" of this old timer. Unfortunately the negative was damaged (along with about two full file drawers of others) in a storm sewer backup in my home. Salvaging many of my old film images took second place to larger recovery issues. I am in the process of retrieving as many of these negatives as possible and performing digital restoration.

I carefuly scanned the scratched and spotted negative. Then with PS5, I painstakingly used the Healing Brush and Stamp Tool to remove as much of this damage as possible over many hours. The new Content-Aware feature helped tremendously.

Knowing it was diminishing returns to get absolutely every spot eliminated, when I got the basic image to an acceptable level, I decided to make it into an old tintype photograph.

I cropped the image to put the maximum focus on the face, and then applied a color layer to get the tintype color effect. Then added a bit of grain and finally I vignetted the edges.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-01-15 12:21]

Greetings LAB,
I like that you show this old fire engine in a sepia mode,it fits it's era. Iwonder how it looks in color, with all it's shining chrome & bright red color? I like your choice of angle, as it shows off its warning bell,flashing warning lights & even it's ladder,well taken.

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2011-02-10 6:29]

Hi Larry
An interesting presentation of an old car. I like it.

I enjoy a photographer thats not afraid to bulls eye . I have enjoyed looking at your body of work.

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