Crow’s Nest: Vintage photo look

July 8, 2013

I’ve enjoyed seeing the camera effects people use on social networking sites and decided to play with an app on my phone that produces similar visual effects. The app was free and I’m pleased with my first day of using it. A bit hokey? Yes, but I do like it. Our restored Jacob barn, below, taken while feeding the goats. Perhaps a hand-colored vintage photo? (Except for the mini-truck in front.)


A steer steps into a patch of sunlight…


The horse shed at Bethesda Church at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site:


And a dump rake at Crow’s Nest, a reminder of days past.


All of these are more interesting photos than their originals, though the composition remains the same. All of the manipulations were done on the phone that took the pictures. Call me old-fashioned, but I really wanted to put an exclamation point at the end of that last sentence. (Each of these has also been re-sized for the weblog and are much smaller—lower resolution—than the originals. The low resolution is among our modern expectations for vintage photos, although in reality old chemical technologies often produced very high resolution.)

I like that these photos make me look at the landscape at Crow’s Nest Preserve in a new way.

Posted by Daniel Barringer on June 8, 2013.