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Silent Movie Fx (circa 1928)
Silent Movie Fx (circa 1928)

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2007-11 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Seattle, Washington (USA)
Date: Nov 3, 2007
Aperture: F/4.5
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Still Life, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2007

Photographer’s Notes
During the Seattle DPC get-together, we visited the historic Paramount theatre. Originally built to show silent movies, ambience was created by a talented organist who watched the movie and “accompanied” it on a theatre organ. The accompaniment included music, certainly, but also sound effects like whistles, sirens, fog horns and such. This theatre organ was state of the art special effects (Fx) in 1928.

Without being there, this photo may not mean a lot to you. But during the tour, we listened to it, and this image brings back for me the sound of this magnificent organ. I hope my treatment of the image evokes a nostalgic feel and that, just maybe, it will speak to you as it does to me.

Post Processing
• Crop
• Sharpen (Unsharp Mask)
• Blur (Gaussian Blur)
• Reduce Saturation (Channel Mixer)
• Desaturate Reds & Yellows (Hue/Saturation Layer)
• Darken & Boost Contrast (Curves layer)
• Save for Web

Camera Data
• Nikon D200
• 2005/11/03 11:13:30.5
• JPEG (8-bit) Fine
• Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
• Color
• Lens: VR 24-120mm F/3.5-5.6 G
• Focal Length: 24mm
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
• 1/60 sec - F/4.5
• Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
• Sensitivity: ISO 1600
• Optimize Image: Vivid
• White Balance: Auto
• AF Mode: AF-S
• Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
• Color Mode: Mode III (Adobe RGB)
• Tone Comp.: Normal
• Hue Adjustment: 0°
• Saturation: Enhanced
• Sharpening: Medium high
• Image Comment:
• Long Exposure NR: Off
• High ISO NR: On (Normal)

Place: 267 out of 393
Avg (all users): 5.4314
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
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Views since voting: 685
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Votes: 153
Comments: 8
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12/08/2007 02:00:38 AM
Originally posted by LanndonKane:

Is this the Wurlitzer organ from Casa Loma, on Toronto? Looks just like it.

No, it's the organ from the historic Paramount Theatre in Seattle.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2007 04:01:23 PM
Is this the Wurlitzer organ from Casa Loma, on Toronto? Looks just like it.
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12/05/2007 12:39:34 PM
Too bad the focus is so soft. You are missing a lot of nice detail in the subject. The crop feels a little tight, especially on the top. I like the sepia tone.
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12/04/2007 01:18:51 PM
Wonderfully rendered shot of an intriguing machine!
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12/03/2007 10:37:13 PM
Love this shot. Maybe a bit soft and slightly out of focus. 6
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12/03/2007 01:08:21 AM
this is really nice, It has great light everywhere. well done
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12/02/2007 07:53:44 PM
Great colors and tone. Nice idea also.
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12/01/2007 11:21:35 PM
I love the post processing on this shot.It looks heavenly.. 10
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