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Bodie Chapel
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Bodie Methodist Church
Bodie Methodist Church
Originallly photographed with Ilford XP-1 Chromogenic B&W film. I then colorized it in Photoshop.
© A. J. Perry
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Kerry W. Willis
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    Inspirational.... all joy, K.W.

12/25/2007 9:29:41 AM

 
Tim Heimel
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Beautiful!

12/25/2007 9:56:33 AM

 
Dorothy Neumann
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Wonderful! I haven't a clue how you did it, but I love the results! Merry Christmas!

12/25/2007 10:27:26 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Outstanding work!! Jeff

12/25/2007 10:29:20 AM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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Very Pretty...Can you explain the effects alittle more? Thanks!

12/25/2007 10:34:04 AM

 
Kristine Slipson
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W0W, that is really cool! Excellent work- a masterpiece!!

12/25/2007 10:34:40 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Captivating, incredible & exceptional image here!!! Amazing work,A.J.!!!

12/25/2007 12:26:26 PM

 
Mike Clime
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Nice PS work!

12/25/2007 1:25:52 PM

 
A. J. Perry

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Thank you all for your reviews. Shelly asked if I would explain the effect a little more....First, one must possses limitless patience and secondly, not much in the way of a social life.

The only plug-in I used was the Fractalius filter to create the yellow glow effect of what appears to be snow. In reality, this shot was taken in mid-summer of 1977 and after a lot of experimentation I managed to turn desert sand into the illusion of freshly fallen snow.

Since the town of Bodie was abondoned more than 75 years ago, I had to figure out a way to bring it back to life for just one more Christmas service. The best way to describe it is to first, take as much time as neccessary to separately "select" every important feature within the image. Then, use all of the "auto" features first under the adjustments pulldown menu and then go with what looks best. Doesn't always work but it's a good starting point for optimizing your highlight and shadow points and "stretching" out your mid-tones.

Then, I colorize each selected section individually using the "colorize" feature of hue/saturation and further enhance it with the "color balance" sliders" until it looks close to where I want it. If it still needs further tweaking, I'll use the "Selective Color" feature under Adjustments.

Finally, after a few cold bottles of Yuengling's Black & Tan and a good cigar, I'm able to flatten anywhere from 30 to 40 layers and then proceed to the final step which is the "Apply Image" feature that will ultimately give it that "dramatic" look. Apply Image can't really be explained in a tutorial....you just have to experiment, experiment and experiment until it either drives you crazy or you're finally able to shout, "THAT'S IT"!! Of course, all of the above is assuming that you're using Photoshop as your editing platform.

I hope that helps, good luck....AJ

12/25/2007 1:46:13 PM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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Thanks AJ for taking the time to explain...not that I could ever do anything like this! It is beautiful and your work sure payed off...the Yuengling sounds good too!! Have a nice Christmas!!!

12/25/2007 4:44:15 PM

 
Lorri Shank
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What a masterpiece, AJ!

12/25/2007 6:48:55 PM

 
Dianna Hauf
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Excellent in every possible way, A.J.! Congratulations!!!

1/25/2008 10:35:31 AM

 
Jill Odice
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Congrats on your finalist and also portraying my fav church in such a unique manner!

1/25/2008 11:21:38 AM

 
Steve M. Harrington
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Good on you, AJ! Richly deserved!
Steve

1/25/2008 12:35:38 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your second place winner, AJ.

1/25/2008 1:12:52 PM

 
Margaret R. Barry
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Congratulations on your beautiful winner, AJ!

1/25/2008 3:26:46 PM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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Especialy for the winners
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1/25/2008 4:19:59 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Big congratulations on your beautiful win, AJ!! Super work!!

1/25/2008 7:03:15 PM

 
Linda Blair
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Congratulations!!!!! ☺

1/26/2008 7:06:54 AM

 
Kathleen K. Parker
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So cool!! Congrats, AJ!
KK

1/26/2008 11:14:21 AM

 
A. J. Perry

member since: 12/15/2002
 

Thanks to you all for those kind remarks. Much appreciated. I had just returned from a trip this morning and almost missed that 2nd place email notice. My service provider thought it was SPAM and had it quarantined....I almost deleted it.

1/26/2008 1:53:27 PM

 
Roger Fry
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Fantastic !

1/26/2008 9:29:44 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your unique and beautiful winning image AJ!!! Excellent work!

1/26/2008 11:05:43 PM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations AJ on your Win!


2/1/2008 2:37:37 AM

 
Robert Baer
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wonderful ps work to create this fantastic image. congrats on your win!

2/23/2008 11:34:37 AM

 
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