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Sepia and Antique Effects Underwater

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I'm working on a series of wildlife images for an interior decorator; who is requesting a sepia / antique look. I've been quite pleased with some of my topside wildlife images, not so sure about the underwater.

Here are a few underwater and topside images, I'd like some opinions and also it would be great to see if others have tried anything similar with any success.

I guess this also speaks to whether anything like this would have a place in competitions as equivalent say to B & W

 

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Hi Jeff,

 

Nice effect. I think the Africa pictures totally work - gives them that old, colonial era feel. The underwater ones I'm a little more iffy on and I think it's really going to have to be image by image. I like more negative space around the subject like the topside shots for the vignette to work for me. Thus, I like the humpback a lot, the shark not so much. I think the sperm whale would work better if it was just the one animal.

 

My 2 cents...

 

 

Phil

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Jeff ... I agree with Phil ... I think the safari shots work a bit better than the U/W ... although I love the humpback ... and on that one I might be tempted to clone out the two small fish and what looks like a few dust bunnies.

 

These will look amazing on the right fine-art matte paper with the right framing and presentation.

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Thanks guys; sort of my feelings as well, sepia tones just do not quite work underwater. I could imagine wreck shots might work.

Cyanotype look may be a more appropriate match with underwater.

Hey Jeremy, good to hear from you.

 

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Thanks guys; sort of my feelings as well, sepia tones just do not quite work underwater. I could imagine wreck shots might work.

Cyanotype look may be a more appropriate match with underwater.

Hey Jeremy, good to hear from you.

 

I like em all. I did an antique toning on a B&W conversion for a rig dive that I had strobe firing problems on. I kind of like the effect myself. Doesn't hold a candle to your images but I thought it fit the subject nicely:

 

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I like em all. I did an antique toning on a B&W conversion for a rig dive that I had strobe firing problems on. I kind of like the effect myself. Doesn't hold a candle to your images but I thought it fit the subject nicely:

 

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Yes, I think something like this rigs ,wrecks etc sepia and the antique look works...

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Jeff,

I think the Cyanotype whale looks great. I'd play with that a little more on the other underwater images. Interesting project.

 

Cheers,

Steve

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Hi Jeff!

For UW I like the Cyanotype look better. Maybe it's the blueish tone reminding natural water...

Awesome pictures by the way!!!

 

Cheers

Karel

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I agree with the others, the Sepia does not work to well with these UW photos.

 

The Cyanotype is better, but how did straight B&W look. My feeling is that at least the two whale photos will work well in B&W.

 

Another point to keep in mind is the mood the interior decorator wants to create. If the after a "warm" interior, it might also rule out the Caynotype.

 

Beautiful photos!

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I dont know about the others but for me except for the first shot all work well. In fact the shark image really looks nice.

 

Cheers,

 

Diggy

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Thanks for all the input; I will probably give the designer a few options. Of course that's digital cool, show her the options on the iPad before printing.

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I don't think the Sepia underwater ones work because there's no real point of reference. I've never seen a sepia underwater photo so I don't I can fool my brain into thinking it's really real. That said I really like the sperm whale - it's the one that works best for me.

 

For the Safari pictures they look a little unnatural to me - and I think the problem is that the original pictures are so crisp that it still looks modern. Perhaps adding a little noise and possibly a little blur would make them look even more vintage.

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