I still can’t figure out what I did to mess up my blog and site. Turns out it may have been a blessing in disguise. I decided to change my project. Instead of revisiting my map project from last semester which focused on the size of the American home in relation to the American family, I decided to revisit one of my most beloved projects. The discovery of Baby Hammocks in Milwaukee. There is a great story that goes along with the images I want to use in my project. Besides the images, I can integrate maps and other techniques we learned in class.
Unfortunately for me, that means I have to start from scratch. Hopefully I will have at least the basic framework up before class tomorrow. I have been working through the week and weekend to get it done. I am suffering from screen fatigue.
Speaking of screen fatigue I discovered something during the photo retouching lessons. My glasses have a coating on them to help eye fatigue and block blue light. They have a light tint to them, I realized a while ago they make white appear sepia. I am used to it. On occasionally do I notice it, for example, when I put clean sheets on my bed, I thought they were dingy because they were off white. Turns out it was just the glasses. I have adjusted to the off white walls, slightly off color things I see all the time. However, doing this project, I forgot and all of a sudden I realized the coloring I was doing was way way way way way brighter and off color than I thought. I had to make the adjustment to either not using my computer glasses or looking over the rims to see the real color.
Here is the original. I can see the benefit of being able to crop and retouch the original. As a matter of fact it is the ability to mess with resolutions that allowed me to figure out what this building was, where it was, and a whole host of other details. Here is the colorized:
I like it, but I don’t know that I would use it. I would certainly airbrush out the 108 in the upper corner and crop out the other writing, but I wouldn’t colorize. I am a purist. I like the black and white look of the original. The fun part of this was figuring out how to find the right colors. Milwaukee is also known as “Cream City” it was a city built on bricks that were cream colored due to the different clay in the soil. The water tower and other tower in behind the building are made of the cream city brick. I was very careful to find a matching color. To do it, I used the eyedropper tool on an already colorized picture (modern day) to match.
Over all I see the benefit of colorizing photos, but I just don’t know that I would do it for my own work.