Staircase to hell... lomoed!

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    I usually don't like posting a subject twice... I prefer my photos to be all different from one another. Anyway, this time I had a really hard time choosing between two types of treatment for the same shot and decided to break this "rule".

    I was with a friend of mine in an abandoned mill factory near Altopascio (Tuscany), when he took a shot of this staircase. He immediately noticed how his camera had enhanced the good-looking natural red-to-blue gradient on the wall. I decided to steal a pic of this wonder of oldness too.

    In this shot I wanted to obtain a Holga Lomo style, to let the gradient on the wall have the maximum possible impact on the image. I have tried several pre-made actions for Photoshop to obtain this effect, but liked none of them. So, I created a custom action to reach the effect I look for.
    See this other shot of the same subject but with a radically different treatment.

    - Treatment: Cropping, lens distortion, selective sharpening, hue/saturation, layers (many!) vignetting, blurs, levels, curves, dodge&burn&sponge

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    1. patricia kranenberg ages ago | reply

      Here is an Award for your great pic!
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    2. GMills31 ages ago | reply

      Congratulationsl Your have 7 awards/invites and can post your photo in the Damn Fine Picture 4+ award thread.


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    4. GMills31 ages ago | reply

      Hello I am an Admin for Damn! I Wish I'd Taken That!!! You have 7 awards, almost there to the Damn Outstanding Picture 10+ award stream on Damn I Wish I'd Taken That!!!. Consider posting on the 7-8+ award request stream for those photos needing a few more awards. When you are there also consider giving an award or 2 to the ones already there.

    5. concerned pizzas [deleted] ages ago | reply

      Buenas texturas y color.

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    6. Sion Fullana ages ago | reply

      Beautiful!!

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    7. ~Terrie K ~ ages ago | reply

      Fabulous textures and detail
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    8. Mike Quintana ages ago | reply

      This really is a great pic!
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    9. flipado ages ago | reply

      Great composition, and stunning colors. Specially love the color range from blue to red. great work

    10. philippe MANGUIN photographies ages ago | reply

      and one more, it's a good work, i like the way from blue to red, like if you were coming from hearth and won a trip to ...................hell !

      This really is a great pic!
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    11. GMills31 ages ago | reply

      Congratulationsl Your have 10 awards/invites and can post your photo in the Damn Outstanding Picture 10+ award thread.

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    12. Marc Duiker | www.marcduiker.nl ages ago | reply

      Great picture, I really like the processing!

    13. masquerade_arts ages ago | reply

      Fantastic. I think the processing really makes it stand out, great work!

    14. divergent building [deleted] ages ago | reply

      Fantastic work!

    15. TMtheSign ages ago | reply

      I prefer this shot, love the hot-cold effect of red and blue.
      The other shot is great too, but the cracked effect is too evident and fake.

    16. nonstop price [deleted] ages ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called derelictlight, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    17. o palsson 107 months ago | reply

      Outstanding colors and light. Impressive work.

    18. earthy island [deleted] 68 months ago | reply

      The colors here are striking. Beautifully done.

      RED ROSE NOMINATION
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      I am very impressed by your creative expression in this photograph!

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