Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Old Pictures

I shot this photograph a few days ago and I posted the original, un-doctored version on Facebook.
Today I had a little time to kill while waiting for Jilda to get ready to go shopping for autumn flowers.
I noticed a filter on one of the photography apps on my phone and with a few clicks, I got this effect. 
The original is of the sun rising over a lake near here.
This effect looks similar to the old daguerreotype which are some of the first photographs ever made.
I actually have an old enlarger and darkroom in our barn. I learned to become a better photographer by spending countless hours working in the amber glow of a safelight. (A safelight is a type of dim light to which photographic paper is not sensitive. 
The process of making pictures had improved dramatically since Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre invented the daguerreotype process in France around 1839. 
I can't imagine the investment in time just to get an image on a silvered copper plate. 
That's what flitted through my head as I created my daguerreotype in a matter of seconds.


  1. It's amazing how easy it is to be a good photographer when we have so many good digital tools at our fingertips. They can cover up such a multitude of sins.

  2. So very nice.
    Love it.


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