Some handmade antique snaffle bits that hang in our garage.  They date back to around 1900.  I used a high ISO and left the garage door closed to get more even light.  I did not use flash, only light used was from the center garage light.  I did this to not get flash reflection off of the peg board.   I processed by adjusting levels and contrast and then changing to b/w.  The photo had very little  noise.  I then ran the photo through OnOne Photo Essentials 3.  I used their Wild West filter.  Hope you like it.

Camera settings: F/5.6, 1/4 sec., ISO 3200, focal length 55 mm.  No flash.


Worn 2

Taken today on a day trip to Gilroy, CA.  Processed with Flaming Pear’s Mr. Contrast.  Adjusted levels and highlights.  Cloned some background.  Lighting was from the back and right of the old truck.

Camera settings: F/4, 1/150 sec., ISO 64, focal length 11 mm.  No flash.

Old Fashioned

Here’s several views and takes on an old phonograph that has been in our family for years.  On the b/w photo I used Topaz ReMask to mask and blur the background.  I added a scratch brush to the whole image and changed to b/w.  The brush was applied with blending mode Soft Light.  This old player was too big for my light box so I had to improvise with a sheet and some additional desk lamps.  I liked the way the masking left the phonograph sharp but left the edges a little soft.  It seems to help with the aged atmosphere.  The color photos are pretty much straight out of the camera.

Detail photos:

Camera settings for b/w photo: F/4, 1/60 sec., ISO 400, focal length 25 mm.  Flash fired.

Camera settings for photos #2 and #3: F/9, 1/15 sec., ISO 3200, focal length 42 mm.  No flash.

Horse Training Equipment – Old and New

Thought I’d take a tour of our garage for the next couple of days!  This photo is of a cotton lunge line and a 100 year old rawhide lariat.  I adjusted levels, exposure, and used Topaz Adjust Spicify.  In order to get the shot in the garage I manually set the ISO to 3200 and (for once!) used a tripod.  There was window light in the upper left.  Hope you all are having a good week.

Camera settings: F/8.0, 0.6 sec, ISO 3200, focal length – 90 mm, tripod used, no flash


Saw this old roadster in Cambria, CA.  Though I would love to drive it, too. . . I think it is pretty masculine!   I think of most things as pretty much gender neutral, but this does look like a man’s car.  I cropped the original, adjusted levels and sharpness.  I used a white soft brush on a separate layer to take out distracting cars, street, etc.  I then applied Topaz Simplify watercolor.  Burning brought back the rich color and framework of the windshield.

A big Hummer or pickup might be more masculine, but I figured most men would have liked to have seen this car under the Christmas tree!   Have a great day, everyone!