Tuesday, 15 November 2011

two minute silence

Original Image

How I edited this iPhone photograph

Camera +

Crop closely to the crowd. Put the old fashioned lampposts at the centre of the picture.

In Scenes, select Clarity to define each head clearly.


I want to get rid of the overbearing Burton shop sign, so I use the Noir highlight to make an arch over all the image apart from the top corners, which I darken using the maximum vignette setting. This also makes the lampposts distinct as black silhouettes. 


Here I used the Earlybird filter to give the shot a vintage, sepia look. And I like Earlybird!

People have commented that this looks like a shot from the olden days, perhaps even from the first Two Minute Silence in 1919. A happy accident, I must confess!

About the ceremony: At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the Two Minute Silence is observed on Armistice Day, the day which marks the end of the First World War. More on this ceremony at the British Legion's website

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  1. I adore this photograph and love reading how you created it.

    Question: Where can I find "Noir?" I've looked through Camera+, but can't find it. Or maybe (likely) I'm blind...

  2. Lorraine, Noir is an app in itself, not part of Camera+. It specialises in monochrome images, letting you set a vignette of any shape and size, then adjust the lighting by dial. It's very precise. I'll amend the post to ensure this is clear.



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