1 14 23 January 14, 2023oneowner 20230113 Beavers were once the size of bears. I read it on a Snapple bottle cap, so it must be true. Related
This fine photograph reminded me of a film technique we used to use called posterization. I wasn’t totally confident that I’d remembered the word correctly, so I Googled. What I found is that you can posterize a digital photo. Is that what you did, Ken?
Thanks, Linda. I made many posterizations in the darkroom, both for myself and others. I used a Kodalith film, which was used in the printing industry and produced a pure black and pure clear image for printing in newspapers and other printed materials. If you made a negative and a positive of the same photo and placed them together slightly off register, you could end up with something like this photo – a type of line drawing effect. That was the look I was trying to achieve with this photo but I didn’t have to put much effort into it. The trees were covered in light snow this past week and, since the trees look black against the snow it didn’t take much to get this result. This is still a color photo but I did remove the blue coloration snow tends to pick up.
Oh, I remember Kodalith. Or at least I remember the word. For a short time I was a camera operator for a printing business. That was kind of fun, but I was frustrated at the poor grammar in so many of the ads we worked on. When I told the boss that one mockup was so egregiously wrong that I thought we should alert the client, he said, “That’s the way they want it.” Guess that wasn’t the job for me.
The customer is always right!!! When I was a studio photographer, I learned early on to work with the client and the printing depts to make sure everyone got what they wanted. Since we all worked for the same company we had a very good working relationship.
Nice rendering. . . I have a couple of stored settings that will do faux-line drawings, but the result is highly dependent on the original. Some work much better than others.
. . . so, bears were once the size of beavers . . . huh!
No, No… behaviors were once he size of our current bears. It’s true!
I’m sure there are some plugins that can do line drawings because it’s a relatively easy process. I’d like to find one that would allow the user to adjust the detail in the process.
If you say so, but the wording is non-specific and could be read both ways.
But, if that’s true, what was the size of bears back when beavers were the size of today’s bears?
As for line drawings, there are You-Tube videos on how to get the effect, and you can adjust the strength of the resulting look. But, at the most basic, I convert to B&W, inverse, tweak the exposure, shadow, highlights, and contrast.
There’s also something similar to what you describe for film, where you blend different treatments of the same photos.
Topaz Impressions has pencil drawing settings (and a few others) that you can adjust to get similar images. The old Topaz Simplify plugin had settings to get decent line-drawing-like renderings (both those plugins still work).
I still have Impressions from years ago but I haven’t used it in years. Another good Winter project!
Ah yes, winter! Always a pleasure. And a great rendering of it.
It sure is! But the days are getting longer!!! Thanks, Howard.
Hope is on the way!
And their hutches were the size of small mountains. Nice shot!
Thanks, Steve. Is there such a thig as a small mountain?
It’s all relative. We have mountains here in WMass that seem big at 1000-3000 feet but those are dwarfed by the western U.S. mountains.
Beaver it or not, it’s the bear truth!
And as it turns out, beavers are very popular now!
Oh, terrific photograph, Ken! Linda’s thoughts and your answer are interesting to read. I do love the graphic quality of the image.
Thanks, Lynn. The hardest part of getting this photo was going out in the cold (13° F).
Better you than me! 😏😬🥶