Old Stuff Made to Look Older

November 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

In my last post, I mentioned that I was going to share some newer photos next.

I lied.

Ok, I didn't exactly lie. I just made a promise I couldn't keep.

But I'm hoping you'll enjoy the irony in the fact that this week I'm posting some old shots that have actually been made to look even older.

I may be overestimating how much you enjoy irony. But stay with me.

For some reason, when images are rendered in monochrome (aka "black and white"), they look even older. It's probably something that's unique to the generations of us who grew up after the invention of color television and color film. To us, black-and-white equates with "old", at some subconscious level.

And photographers like to capitalize on that by shooting images of old "things" and processing them as monochrome photos.

And that includes this photographer. Here's a few images of old things, made to look even older with the removal of color.

First, a 2-year-old shot of a nearby barn. I titled the original image "Red Barn" because, you know, it's a big ol' red barn. Rendered in monochrome, it looks even older:

Red Barn (Monochrome)Red Barn (Monochrome)The late day sun illuminates the face of an old red barn in southwestern Pennsylvania.

I think I like the color version better (which you can find in my Architecture collection). But this is a nice effect too.

Next is a shot from last year (seen on this blog in June of 2015), taken at a winery where a rusty old pickup truck was on display outside (for that added touch of quaintness that every winery needs). Processed in monochrome, with a bit of a sepia tint, it looks even older than it was:

One Headlight (Monochrome)One Headlight (Monochrome)A headlight on an old rusted pick-up truck, outside Heston Farm Winery in West Virginia.

Finally, here's a shot that has actually not been published here before. It's a rusty old wagon wheel outside of a lake house in upstate New York (again, added for quaintness, since I'm fairly sure no wagons had been by the lake house in about 100 years). Since this is the first publication of this image, you've never seen the color version. But trust me, the monochrome treatment here really adds character to this photo:

Rusty Wagon WheelRusty Wagon WheelA rusty wagon wheel, leaning against a wall.

I don't work in black-and-white much. When I do, I like to use a software package called Silver Efex Pro, which is very popular among photographers for doing this kind of work.

I've always considered black-and-white images to be a little too artsy for my taste. But after doing these, I think I see the appeal.

 

 


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