Photo riddle


Today I’ll show you results of my little photo experiment. Normally I would trash this photo because it has a bit too much sky which should be replaced by more pond reflections, I’ll however make an exception to ask you a question: how was the “painting” effect achieved? You’ll probably say “post process of course…”. Wrong! This image was imported from RAW without any changes and only automatic levels correction was applied later to remove green color cast. As usual full EXIF is attached to either help you finding correct answer or mislead you ;-) Have fun and feel free to ask additional questions if finding solution seems too hard.


SONY DSLR-A700, Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro
1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200, 100 mm (150 mm equivalent)

Update: its time to share solution to my riddle. Image above was taken with macro lens, however I wasn’t photographing pond and building but single frame from negative shot with analog camera few days earlier. Sun was used as light source and single sheet of paper from my printer was placed between negative and sunlight to create texture. That + minimal our of focus and voila. We have our painting. Just invert it and do automatic color correction in your favourite graphic software.

P.S. Original image was taken with Minolta X300s and MD Rokkor 24/2.8 at F8, 1/500 sec.

Comments (2)

alucardJune 7th, 2011 at 10:06

wyśrubowane kontrast-nasycenie-ostrość ?

HawkJune 8th, 2011 at 23:06

Solution added in post