Seating and the Bay Bridge

Public seating near the Bay Bridge in San Francisco.

I shot this on the first evening after getting to the city. Matt, Andy and I went for a walk down the street and I got my first sight of downtown San Francisco.

Technique: I cropped the photo to a 1×1 ratio, converted to black and white, duplicated the background layer. Set the mode of the top layer to Overlay and added noise via Filters->Noise->Scatter RGB. I adjusted the noise effect by changing the opacity of that layer.
One thing to note – when you resize an image you’ll have to add noise again because the pixels are softened up by the resize procedure.


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    micki October 17, 2006

    Great image!! This looks like something taken way back with an old TLR. Fantastic! (I love the noise!!)

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    Donncha October 17, 2006

    Glad you like it! adding noise was an experiment for me becaue it’s something I haven’t done before. I must try it again when appropriate!

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    joe October 17, 2006

    Whats this image like in Color? cropped to your specified specs, but in color…. i’ve feeling it might be just as interesting..

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    ABM October 18, 2006

    Why did you addd the noise? I am crious.

    I really like the lines of the bridge and the curve of the chairs. In a way, it makes the image easy to view – pathways adn such.

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    ABM October 18, 2006

    My apologies for the spelling. Been at work for nearly 11 hours and I just had a very large latte. 😐

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    Donncha October 18, 2006

    ABM … get thee away from the keyboard right now! You’ll do yourself harm!

    I added the noise as an experiment and I liked the feel of the image after it. I’ve tried the same with other images and it didn’t suit so it’s not for all. I found the technique in a camera magazine with instructions for Photoshop, but they translated easily to the GIMP.

    Colour? Unfortunately the sky isn’t great. There is a sunset, but it’s behind me and the sky was sort of blown out and not very blue. A polariser wouldn’t have helpd much here either because the sun was 180 degrees to the plane of the photo, not that I have a 77mm filter anyway!

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    Flickr: Traces in the Sand October 17, 2006

    Traces in the Sand has posted a comment:

    Fantastic perspective and I love the graininess. I’ll have to try this effect myself.

    Seating and the Bay Bridge

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