Fresh Eyes New Inspiration Part IV - Blanket Man

in photography •  3 months ago

You can see Fresh Eyes New Inspiration:
Part I - Landscapes here
Part II - Curtis Falls here
Part III - Alpine Skeletons here

From Part I:

One of the great things about digital photography is that you can process your 'negatives' as many times as you like. You aren't stuck with the one interpretation that you baked in the first time. Likewise, due to the ease of revisiting old images (if you've sorted and stored them correctly), a fresh set of eyes can lead to new inspiration.

Recently I've been optimising my image collection by removing genuine rubbish, and renaming and shifting things around to make storage and retrieval easier in the future. And this has given me the chance to revisit old images that I might have previously ignored, or that I might have seen some potential in but couldn't bring a vision to fruition at the time. And perhaps this says something about my life, but I get inordinate pleasure in discovering a hidden beauty in an old forgotten image. It's kind of like finding a treasure in amongst the trash of a second-hand shop.

The finished image

The image that I have found new inspiration in for this part is a shot of an old man in India that I originally processed in black and white. In general I like black and white for street work, and particularly for these old weathered guys in India. The character-full faces and wiry beards/hair often suit a black and white look. Here's the original black and white processing I did on this image:


I'm currently in the process of reorganising my website and when reviewing this image for inclusion, I wondered how it might look in colour. On checking out the original capture, I felt straight away that this black and white version is too tightly cropped. It cuts out a lot of the interesting pattern in the image (the bricks behind, and the blanket he is wearing). And in colour, both the bricks and blanket gain another point of interest. Particularly the blanket as the colourful nature of it is a nice juxtaposition against the old weathered face and turban.


And to finish the image off, I applied a film simulation preset from VSCO. Their simulations are done so well, and they really complement street images.

Here's the final image again


I hope you enjoyed this spark of inspiration, and as always you can find more of my images on instagram, my website and here on my blog.

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Thanks mate!

Very cool @revo! Resteemed yet again!


Thanks photofeed!

I enjoyed this post. I generally lean towards black and white for street work, but in this case I agree that it needed to be seen in colour. I must say I am drawn to the shot prior to adding the film simulation. It has a very natural feel to it.


Thanks for the great comment @gansekirock. Yeah I hear what you are saying about the standard colour version. Without the film simulation there is a stronger distinction between the in-focus and blurred background. You've given me some more food for thought. ;)

Hello @revo, thank you for sharing this creative work! We just stopped by to say that you've been upvoted by the @creativecrypto magazine. The Creative Crypto is all about art on the blockchain and learning from creatives like you. Looking forward to crossing paths again soon. Steem on!


Thanks heaps, @creativecrypto!

I do like the last one. Looks a bit like kodakrome.


Thanks mate. Yeah the film simulation preset that I used is based on Kodak. Well spotted. :)