Desert Oasis by olmjohns
Desert Oasis, a photo by olmjohns on Flickr.

So I thought I wasn’t going to participate in this week’s challenge due to my lack of Photoshop and photoshopping skills.  I decided to try it by hand and I think it turned out well.

The Challenge:
Take an original photo, turn it black and white and color in the image using an original palette. The result should look retro, like an old daguerrotype (though obviously, feel free to get as creative as you’d like with the aesthetic).
Just note: I’m not asking for black and white photos with just one little part isolated in color—you know the photos I’m talking about. Paint the whole (or a significant portion of) the image. Don’t give us a black and white apple tree with one red apple.

My Comment:
So when I read this week’s challenge, I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it since I do not have Photoshop nor have any idea of how to use it. After pondering it a little more, I decided I would try it by hand. I took a shot of a building near my office and printed out my photo on resume-style paper. Then I used watercolors and painted in some colors and scanned the painted photo. It’s not great, but it kind of looks “old timey.” I think it looks like a desert oasis shot from an old movie.


This photo was featured on gizmodo’s site.  Only 15 submissions this week so everyone got featured!  Oh well…  My photo is ninth from the top.  Click the link to see my photo and the other submissions.


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