View Full Version : May 2010 - Photography assignment - Vintage

04-22-2010, 08:13 AM
I know it's early but I thought I would throw it out there:

Ideas anyone?

Beginnings and Endings -up to you to define what either of those are.
Depth of field (shallow or deep) and bokeh
transportation modes - if it gets you there it gets you in here!
Slow/fast shutter speeds - play with your shutter.

That's all I got...lol.

April showers bring May flowers...or is everyone sick of flower shots? I know that I am not yet.

In Canada May brings us Victoria Day. Maybe something "Victorian"? Architecture, furniture, someone named Victoria?

I like all of these ideas. Another one that's been percolating in my brain is photos that show off your area. Ones the could be in a tourism magazine or ones that show the darker side of your area.

Flowers is a good idea but I don't want to do seasons as we have people who's seasons are opposite to us.

"May I" something you have to ask to photograph.

"May I" something you have to ask to photograph.

That would certainly make it challenging for some of us! :)

"May I" would be a challenge.

Adding to the list, found objects. I'm thinking of the stuff I find washed up after the spring runoff. You wonder why people were wearing some of the things I find.

"May I" would be a challenge.

Adding to the list, found objects. I'm thinking of the stuff I find washed up after the spring runoff. You wonder why people were wearing some of the things I find.

or why they took them off!

I forgot to post in my list of ideas "Repeating Patterns" also....just remembered now. :headslap:


Well, architectural fragments but I do that all the time anyway, so why not portraits in landscape or horizontal orientation? That is something that you have to ask for. (May I?) Plus portraiture is very challenging.

I think that in honour of our own Greg Nuspl turning 50 we should do a 'vintage' theme. It could be done either via treatment or subject matter.

I think that in honour of our own Greg Nuspl turning 50 we should do a 'vintage' theme. It could be done either via treatment or subject matter.

OOOOOH I like that one! :thumbup:
I vote that! :clap:

I like the ode to Greg's 50th, vintage idea as well :D

If we do vintage..can anyone do up a post on techniques.

I for one..have no clue how to do that effect.

But... I've always wanted to learn how..

WB marko..i gather you had a great time off. :P

Well that must mean I'm getting better with age like a fine wine, or just rusting out a creaking at the joints.

Being new here I am not sure what you have done but how about having the assignment theme be WATER. There is lots to play with from bubbles, reflections, dynamics of water in mid-air(sprinklers, or dogs shaking off water) to the different look of wet objects/scenes. Of course, we can also play with longer exposures, and lighting. Plus it might just be that excuse to get out on that rainy day :P

Being new here I am not sure what you have done but how about having the assignment theme be WATER. There is lots to play with from bubbles, reflections, dynamics of water in mid-air(sprinklers, or dogs shaking off water) to the different look of wet objects/scenes. Of course, we can also play with longer exposures, and lighting. Plus it might just be that excuse to get out on that rainy day :P

We had water so many times...
We need to start challenge us more.

Vintage it's a nice idea.

Vintage is a nice idea....

how about food?

Vintage sounds good and btw happy birthday Greg!

I guess I can submit a self portrait
I'm thinking "vintage" is the winner this month. :)
I'm looking forward to this one.

I am thinking "vintage" pretty much gives us carte blanche to torment Greg for a whole month so why not? We did do nostalgia last May, however.

Tormenting would be a funny assignment ;-) - I'll go with vintage too!

woo hoo! I'm in! Perhaps Greg could start us off with a self-portrait :p

I kinda like the darker side of where you live

05-01-2010, 10:04 AM
Hi members!

Vintage had the most support so that's the theme this month. It's quite a wide open term actually so I drool with anticipation at the potential creativity here.

BTW - You've been WOWING my pants off recently, please continue :p :footinmou

OK then - who will post first?

05-01-2010, 08:04 PM
I guess it's me. Took a tour around a property my friend bought.
this is an old hinge on an old shed. :D


05-01-2010, 08:13 PM
Nice start bambi - cool shot!

05-01-2010, 08:21 PM
Ok I'll bite...McDougall Center in Calgary built 1907 as seen through a fish eye lens.....


05-01-2010, 08:26 PM
giddy-up casil - well done!

05-01-2010, 08:31 PM
Thaks Marko...loving that fish eye...I was dissuaded from buying it from several sales people b/c they say it is kind of gimmicky but I like the distortion and I have used it quite a bit since getting it last week. The Tax Gods were especially kind to me this year. :D

05-02-2010, 08:41 AM
I'll trade you tax gods mine were cruel.

05-02-2010, 11:28 AM
Andrew playing with his wooden garage, processed in photo shop.

05-02-2010, 03:25 PM
Nice one there too Richard and Bambi love the old weathered door...great texture!
The old Alberta Boot Company which now sits empty:


05-02-2010, 04:18 PM
A vintage processing of a previous shot done in Lr 3 Beta 2

05-03-2010, 10:56 PM
Is this vintage? Halifax Law Courts, 1860.


05-04-2010, 05:39 AM
if this isn't vintage I don't know what is. From the Tower:


Ernst-Ulrich Schafer
05-04-2010, 09:54 AM
I took this images a few summers back while visiting the West End of the Olympic Peninsula and Ruby Beach.

Best to ya'all, Ernst

Ok, I'm not digging the resolution on this post. The image is very sharp. ;-(

05-04-2010, 10:05 AM
I took this images a few summers back while visiting the West End of the Olympic Peninsula and Ruby Beach.

Best to ya'all, Ernst

Ok, I'm not digging the resolution on this post. The image is very sharp. ;-(

Hey, Ernst. I suspect the image was > 1024 pixels or > 250KB. In either event the image is automatically resized by the board software and can get quite soft when that happens. Also, just a note - not a problem - but the idea of the assignment is to get out and shoot something during the assignment month. Leave this one here, it's an interesting image nonetheless but now the challenge is to find something vintage before the end of May :) Cheers.

05-04-2010, 10:07 AM
- Wonderful vintage shot of Andrew RICHARD - very well done!
- Nice vintage processing Edg!
- Iggy - I like your shot, and composition. it's sort of vintage because of the age of the building. Buuuut.....processing looks modern for the way this was shot.
bambi - Love it - very cool shot and processing
Ernst-Ultich - I just love, love the feel here - Totally captures the vintage mood. There's no hard a fast rules for the assignment but most of us try to shoot something new as opposed to finding something old that fits. If you feel the creativity, of course please feel free to post again in this thread.

Mine to come soon.... got my thinkin' cap on tho. :)

05-04-2010, 10:09 AM
Yup uploading directly is totally fine but please keep the image under 250K or the forum software will compress the file which will affect sharpness. personally, I upload all my images at around 100-200k and have never had a problem.

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer
05-04-2010, 10:49 AM
My Bad!!! Thanks for the heads up and I will keep that in mind for the future.
Also thanks for the comments.

05-04-2010, 12:13 PM
That is a very cool shot Ernst-Ulrich Schafer!

Wicked Dark
05-04-2010, 03:09 PM
Wheel hub of a B18 bomber that crashed into a mountain in 1942 -


05-04-2010, 03:23 PM
Yay! Great images! Going to have to get my butt in gear!

05-04-2010, 04:34 PM
Halifax Law Courts, 1860... Is this more appropriate then?

05-04-2010, 05:51 PM
Cool shot WD! I prefer this PP to your original Iggy - sorry to make you work extra :D

05-04-2010, 06:30 PM
Tried a technique out..only took me two hours to get it done..lol. Will try more once I get out shooting hopefully this weekend (if the rain would ever give)

So a shot from the kids at the fair a couple of days ago..tried to give it that..a polariod long faded from sitting in a box for decades look.. 2 hours seems way to long for what I ended up with though..


05-04-2010, 06:47 PM
Cool shot WD! I prefer this PP to your original Iggy - sorry to make you work extra :D

No worries. It was worth it. I like it better too.

05-05-2010, 12:03 AM
Playing with Lightroom 3 left me with something leaning towards an antique photo. Not sold yet. More to come.

Wicked Dark
05-05-2010, 10:43 AM
Two older shots and slightly different approaches to mimicking old photographs in a digital medium -



Both were done using Lightroom presets as a base and then playing with the sliders. They're actually the same river as well - the Souhegan, separated by 50 miles or so in totally different towns and taken months apart. Kinda weird.

05-08-2010, 12:30 AM
Jack Sinclair Cabin in Banff:


05-08-2010, 12:39 AM
Antique Door knocker:


05-08-2010, 10:29 AM
I came across this photoshop tutorial on creating a vintage look. Some of you might be interested.

Flickr: Discussing Vintage Film Effect in Technique (http://www.flickr.com/groups/technique/discuss/72157601062925085/)

05-08-2010, 11:57 AM
I took this shot with this exact assignment in mind. You might recognize it as Casil's tub. My grandparents had one of these. We used to use it as kids to keep the pets we found: frogs, polywogs, and once, a turtle


05-08-2010, 12:14 PM
That door knocker is amazing! I would love to know who and how that was made :P

05-08-2010, 04:06 PM
Basingwerk Abbey was probably founded in 1131 by Ranulf, earl of Chester. Which should get it into vintage bracket.
The abbey has very little left and when I wanted to take images for art exam I realised there was not enough to cause enough interest so I decided to use the images but warp them to an extent where visitors would have a hard time to place where taken. I wanted to make it look like something from Disc World or Harry Potter.
There is a government web site here (http://www.castlewales.com/basing.html) which tells a little about the Abbey and I have already taken pictures of the other abbey talked about and when I look at my album on here it seems all the images from what I had considered for exam as "Structures in the landscape" would fall into vintage.
This is the image entered for exam except reduced in size.

05-08-2010, 05:39 PM
Old Paddock at Cochrane Ranch:


05-08-2010, 07:20 PM
My father took this photo in old format 120 film. I can estimate the time frame because there are other pictures of me at about 8 years old. I scanned the negatives, did dust and scratch removal and added the frame. Vintage, yes. (There are no longer any grain elevators like these on the prairies.) Original, no.


05-08-2010, 08:23 PM
Love the elevators Mike...my Uncle Joe used to paint them...he would travel all over Alberta and Saskatchewan to paint the old elevators. :)

05-08-2010, 08:26 PM

05-09-2010, 02:12 AM
Oh the McDougall United Church is lovely. Not just subject but way taken one feels it would take you straight to alter.

05-09-2010, 10:23 AM
I'm loving the variety here folks. Great job!

05-09-2010, 12:39 PM
Old Paddock at Cochrane Ranch:


This is a wonderful picture. I saw the picture on my desktop at first but later on I happened to be looking at the forum on my iPhone and noticed that there was a sepia background to it. But on my desktop in Firefox, the background is completely white and blends into the page, so I only see the wood fence and frame and the hill in the background. I checked in Google Chrome, where it is white as well, with no border visible to the picture. I far prefer this version. But in Safari on my desktop, the sepia, sort of noisy/grainy background is visible, right up to the borders of the photo. So I checked on my Macbook using Safari and Firefox. In both browsers on my Mac the sepia is present. Again it's much darker with the sepia tone. So I was wondering what you intended, and if this sort of difference in the way browsers render photos is common?

05-09-2010, 03:20 PM
I'm not sure about the browser differences so maybe someone else could answer that. What I was going for was kind of the sepia old wild west type cowboy photo that I have seen many times. I thought the subject matter would work as that kind of shot and the weather might help contribute to the look of it. I think I got the look I was going for....thank you for the kind comments. :)

05-09-2010, 10:32 PM
Front Harbour, Chester, '53

05-10-2010, 08:12 AM
I've been eyeballing this thing for the past 2 weeks. Ancient cast iron furnace...I would love to have this thing in my new place (outside art piece of some kind I think, even though it is about 8 feet tall) and the ornamental fencing behind it....dare to dream. :rolleyes:



05-10-2010, 12:36 PM
Today I went into Lunenburg at 9:30 just to get a few shots of the Picton Castle before she shipped out at 2 PM. When I got there horror of horrors she had already slipped away from the wharf. I almost panicked as there were not parking spots to be had. O raced down the the Railway Wharf, parked my car illegally and sprinted down the length of the wharf. Let me tell you sprinting is no easy feat for me. I snapped off one. The I optimized my setting and snapped off three more. She was under steam and would not be in full sail until she cleared the bay, much to far off to photograph. I know this as I did follow the Castle for the next half hour.

The day was mushy, sort of dark dreary and cold and the light was the pits. I left it on Aperture priority, composed and let Nikon do its thing for exposure.

Because she will be gone for a year I decided to do three processing of the same image. The first was an HDR colour version. Because I am shooting in 14 bit there is lot of latitude in a single exposure and allows for this pseudo HDR. The second image I decided to make it all dark and moody. The final process was to treat it as a very old image and strip all but the blue light form the image to create an orthochromatic look I then bleached the image to create that old faded look. Finally I Added a texture to create the feel that the image had weathered over the years.

This is the third image, if you are interested you can see the other two on my flickr.


05-10-2010, 02:22 PM
This is the mechanical part of an very old water weir (dam?) in our old hanseatic city.

05-10-2010, 04:28 PM
Old Mt. Rundle


05-10-2010, 07:28 PM
very neat shots guys!

Grant I am chuckling at the visual of you sprinting down the wharf waving your camera. Now THAT would have been a photo!

05-10-2010, 08:39 PM
having fun with the effects in PP: Found this car along a trail in the mountains.


05-10-2010, 11:35 PM
This old circa 1955 push button control stove is only a few years older than Greg:

05-11-2010, 04:09 PM
http://www.redzonefilms.com/pics3/vintage dual.jpg

Wicked Dark
05-11-2010, 04:47 PM
The stove and the turntable are terrific. I also like the feel of the Mt. Rundle shot.

05-11-2010, 04:48 PM
Loving the stove and turntable, excellent images.

05-14-2010, 09:01 AM
an old tank outside the Museum of the Regiments in Calgary


05-14-2010, 01:53 PM
Emily wanted to play with her dressing up...

05-14-2010, 02:55 PM
oooooh baby some recent cool ones!

Slipped her Mooring - Grant, yup totally vintage!
Love the stove Jas, love the turntable Maw, Awesome Emily shot Richard

Great stuff everyone!

05-14-2010, 03:26 PM
I posted the colour version of this but i also thought it would work well in vintage as a Black and White:

05-15-2010, 02:23 AM
Love the tank, Bambi and love the little "elfin" Emily, Richard!

05-15-2010, 11:28 PM
OK, they're sepia toned family photos. A few years ago my sister gathered most of the photos the extended family had and sent them to me to scan and clean them up. Dad was a really late surprise, so some of the photos go back to the late 1890s. Haven't had time to dig vintage stuff I own out and photograph it. (I must be nuts, a couple of years before the photo scanning project, I scanned nearly 50 years of Grandma Young's diaries!)

Grandma Young's graduation picture from Normal School (what they called teacher's colleges back then) in 1906.

Grandpa Young's graduation from the Army - don't know if it was the equivalent of basic training or something more. The picture was taken in 1908.

Great-grandparents Hummel, Grandma Young's parents. Mid-1920s, can't date it any closer than that. It might have been a portrait for their golden wedding anniversary. In those times, a woman especially stayed married, no matter what the circumstances, but they look genuinely happy, so maybe they were among the lucky ones.

And I'll try to drag out some vintage stuff tomorrow and take pictures. Promise.

05-16-2010, 03:13 AM
I love looking at old photos of people. Does not matter if I know them or not. You just have wonder what their lives were like. There are a few museums that archive photos on flickr that I go through from time to time. :)

05-16-2010, 08:02 AM

05-16-2010, 01:50 PM
My dad retired last week so I took this pic for him. His lunch pail and hard hat, with the mine, where he has worked for the last 40 years, in the background....

05-16-2010, 11:07 PM
Crystalb, congrats to your dad, hope he's kicking back and enjoying himself. The setup for your photo is a great idea.

Antz, I like the hardware on the door.

05-17-2010, 12:34 AM
Very nice, Crystal!

05-17-2010, 10:25 AM
QuietOne - he is loving it so far, get to spend more time with the grandkids :)
Thanks Jas!

05-20-2010, 03:20 AM
Nice work Crystal.
Here's one from a cathedral in Sydney

05-20-2010, 07:42 AM
Old Door.....

05-22-2010, 08:48 AM

05-23-2010, 02:22 AM
Today I went to Vandusen garden, where Jaguar celebrated 125 years of making beautiful cars.

05-23-2010, 02:33 AM
Nice capture, Lovin!

05-23-2010, 02:40 AM
Thank you JAS, thank you :)

Here is the dashboard of the same car.

05-23-2010, 11:10 AM
"Vintage" boat found at low tide.


05-23-2010, 11:59 AM
Old logging equipment at Lynn Headwaters Park, North Vancouver BC.


05-23-2010, 05:30 PM


05-23-2010, 09:37 PM
I am loving these shots! great work everyone :thumbup:


05-23-2010, 10:26 PM
This is a 1959 Cox .049 Flying Tiger. It's a gas powered plastic flying model, meant to fly on strings in a circle. Mike has had this model for 7 years. It has never been started or flown. There was one decal missing. It took 7 years to find the correct replacement. The Flying Tiger designation stopped being used for these models because Disney assigned the copyright to a movie maker.

05-24-2010, 12:30 AM
Found this not far from home. I may have to go back for a better one.


05-24-2010, 01:18 PM
Vintage Railway town:

05-24-2010, 06:11 PM
Nice work members!
I have another one that I've been wanting to do all month but haven't found the time yet... Took this one just a few days ago with the G11. Pitty about the light reflection in the jukebox...

05-25-2010, 03:26 AM
Not sure if this counts as vintage??? The photo was taken at my sister-in-laws wedding, with a vintage theme for the wedding dress.

05-27-2010, 12:02 AM
I remember owning a truck of this vintage :o


05-27-2010, 02:43 AM
I Love to shoot vintage cars. I found this little jem on the streets of Nakusp this last long weekend. Does anyone know what it is? A 1948.....

Wicked Dark
05-27-2010, 08:10 AM
From the California trip, an abandoned barn in the hills of Soledad. One of the only photos that needs a sepia treatment to bring out the emotion.


05-27-2010, 09:35 PM
Stonehurst is a small fishing village in Nova Scotia. When I saw this photo it seemed to fit this treatment.


05-29-2010, 09:45 PM
After several months with my camera functioning as a door stop, I think we are finally coming to some kind of a mutual understanding.

I liked the vintage theme, but it took a while to find something vintage. "Thems" is my shoes and my piano music - so they certainly count as vintage by age, if not by looks.

The second one, I just couldn't resist just because he is cute.

05-30-2010, 12:11 AM
Seen in a the VW car museum in Wolfsburg:

05-30-2010, 12:45 AM
Vintage bone china set of dishes we inherited several years ago. Circa 1920s. Tea cup and saucer are nearly translucent and very reflective.
We don't use them very often and don't put them in the dishwasher when we do. Mike


05-30-2010, 01:16 AM
Wow! you can see the inside design through the outside. They are transparent. Now, even the "good" china is made offshore.

05-30-2010, 09:01 AM
Gorgeous bone china set Mike. :)
Love your interpretation with the shoes Foots.

05-30-2010, 02:28 PM
Thanks Lisa, my feet look about equally worn.

05-31-2010, 03:15 AM
Ladder style rear sight - 1909 Argentine Mauser

05-31-2010, 08:14 AM
an old fish shed in Stonehurst:

and then playing:

05-31-2010, 04:39 PM
Like the 2nd one Bambi, the B&W with the blue ting to the sky and some of the plants.

05-31-2010, 04:57 PM
My dad's slide rule
7277 7278

06-01-2010, 04:11 AM
lovely I always had a problem with decimal point when using one. OK if I knew approx what result should be.