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Soldiers at Birzhevaya Ploschad
Soldiers at Birzhevaya Ploschad
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: Birzhevaya Ploschad, St. Petersburg, Russia
Date: Oct 18, 2003
Galleries: Candid, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 7, 2005

Viewed: 1092
Comments: 7
Favorites: 5 (view)

First of all, it was Olli Ilmanen from Trekearth who helped me with processing this photograph. He showed me the technique in a Workshop and I created this version on my own.
Thanks mate!
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Young soldiers marching in the morning. In the background you can see the Winter Palace (Hermitage). This was shot on the Vasilevsky Island, at the rostral columns (Birzhevaya Ploschad).
Unfortunately this morning the weather was bad and the light very dim. The cool thing of the resulting slow shutterspeed (I didn't open up my aperture on purpose) is the action blur of the walking soldiers.

Already early in the morning there are soldiers and marine cadets marching around the city. Especially on the Peter & Paul Fortress side of the Neva river. The marine cadets get up very early and can be found near the Aurora (Nakhimov naval academy and at the back of the Petersburg Hotel.

What was done with it (Photoshop 6)?
- cropped
- bumped up the saturation a bit
- desaturated (simple, with the desaturation option)
- changed the color balance (towards red and yellow)
- changed the brightness and contrast
- made an elliptical selection towards the edge
- ran the default photoshop vignetting action with a feathering of 100px
- filled the white layer with black
- flattened
- a lot of dodging and burning on a 50% grey overlay layer
- flattened
- painted with a very faint black on the top and bottom
- resampled to 640 wide
- Unsharp mask
- Used the add noise filter to add noise: 3% gaussian monochromatic
- Did some final dodging and burning
- Save for the web

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05/24/2009 08:12:28 AM
Great editing!
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10/21/2006 02:58:22 AM
Striking and haunting image. The processing is an excellent simulation of a tattered old photgraph. I could see this as an image you would see in a history book. Excellent work!
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05/18/2005 06:26:47 PM
At first I was sure this was a photo of some photo from the paper or something in the museum! that's why I read your comment and amazed to understand this was a shot of real people!
It look so old and vintage! nothing less then perfect!

now can I also learn how to do this? pretty please???
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01/07/2005 01:17:05 PM
Those are cadets,reminds me of myself being one at age of 14 :-)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/07/2005 12:54:09 PM
Originally posted by sher9204:

Sander! this is an awesome look! now i want to learn this technique. :)


Thanks Sher. :)
It might take some practice but in the end it isn't that hard. I think that for example your challenge entry with those federation graves and their crosses might benefit from such a technique.
01/07/2005 12:11:10 PM
Sander! this is an awesome look! now i want to learn this technique. :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/07/2005 08:11:00 AM
I like the look you have achieved and the expanation is very helpful.

The picture creates a great atmosphere
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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