Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Side By Side By Slide

Some of you asked to see the originals of these images that I've been retouching in Photoshop. I didn't really think it was a good idea at first, but I've warmed up to it. So, without further ado, here are some of the recent series with the "before" image on the left, and the "after" image on the right.

Le Musée d'Orsay.

La Grande Halle de la Villette.

Le Vieux Louvre.

Ecole Militaire.

La Tour Montparnasse.

As always, if want to see the images larger, just click on them. Then use your "back" button to come back here.

Remember, these are slides I took in the late 1980s and are among those that I rejected because I didn't think they were very good.


  1. As usual the before and after is extremely informative on how and well you can improve a rejected slide to make it a very good one considering its age. The more dramatic effect is obtained in the glass ceiling of Musée d'Orsay.
    Congratulations on your use of Photoshop; it really is a great software. I use it all the time.

  2. Walt - do you apply a screen layer in Photoshop? Its the best way of giving a pic instant sparkle, especially if it is taken on an overcast day.

  3. I love the before and after pictures. Doing well there. And seeing the picture of Montparnasse just makes me want to go back there so badly.

  4. It's amazing that you can make these differences with Photoshop. It's like uncovering a sparkling painting after cleaning off years of grime (by the way, that's what Aimee from our group does for a living... she's an art restorer!).


  5. Don't you just love digital !

  6. chm, I probably don't even use most of the features it has! But you'll be glad to know that my version is en français

    simon, what's a screen layer? See, I don't use all the features...

    muzbot, well the next time you come over, let us know. We'll get together for a glass of wine or something.

    judy, I didn't know that about Aimée! And that analogy is perfect, except that I suspect art restorers have much more talent, not to mention patience, than I do.

    lady jicky, yes! But I must confess that it took me a while to convert.

  7. I think you did a fantastic job with these. I like photoshop because you can improve picture quality by cropping, leveling or making changes that keep the subject still true to what it really is. Just little tweaks. Well done!

  8. Great photos...

    Don't you just LOVE cropping all the unnecessary stuff out of the picture?! I LOVE my IPhoto!!!
    Take care... And if you ever come up to Paris again... Send us a note.... I'm sure there are bloggers up here who read your blog who'd love to meet up with you for a coffee or whatnot... Take care...


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