Vintage Modified

This is another door inspired by Mike, from Mike’s Look at Life.  A novice door collector myself, I was looking for something that a connoisseur would approve of…and found this on the backside of a building on the industrial side of Salt Lake City.  The bricks were painted in a faded beige and the door was actually pretty and worn, but when I viewed it on the computer, it was too washed-out…and no matter how much I manipulated and processed the photo, it seemed to lack the vitality and old-school charm that it had in “real life.”  This pencil rendering is the most justice I could do for it…the texture is there and you can almost feel a splinter piercing the skin of your hands as you run them over the beautiful wood.  It appears that the lower portion of the door has been modified to allow the louver panel to be placed in the center, facilitating the exhaust or circulation of air when evaporative coolers are operating during the warmer months…you can see plywood sheets that have been cut and placed on each side of the louvers…very clearly not part of the original door.

3/21/12 1905hrs – SUPPLEMENTAL INFO:  It appears that my wording above may have been misleading or otherwise eaily misunderstood…the “pencil rendering” is not of my doing.  I did not draw the pencil sketch of the below door.  When I mentioned that I was trying to manipulate the photo to remove the washed-out and pale appearance, I used Picassa to add colors and shadows and other effects to the photo…none of them were satisfactory to me…so I ended-up using Picassa to turn the picture into a pencil sketch rendering of the second photo below.  Please forgive me if I led you to think otherwise.  I haven’t the skill to even begin to draw something as beautiful or detailed as this picture.

On second thought, maybe the original doesn’t look too bad…here’s the way it looks from the dock to the camera to the computer, and now to you…maybe I should leave well-enough alone….

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22 responses

  1. In either view, it is an interesting door.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:44 am

    • Thank you, Marcy. 🙂

      March 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm

  2. Excellent drawing.

    March 21, 2012 at 8:11 am

    • I wish I could say it was my drawing, Helen, but it’s actually the pencil-sketch effect from Picasa, the photo processing computer program by Google. I’m glad you like it, though. 🙂

      March 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      • wow, then it’s a great effect!

        March 22, 2012 at 3:10 am

        • Thank you, Helen. 🙂

          March 22, 2012 at 6:45 am

  3. They are both interesting.That is one hell of a door. Love the hinges and how stout the whole thing is. And the old time light on the upper right is the perfect touch.

    March 21, 2012 at 9:04 am

    • I’m glad you like the door, Mike. I had images of your doors rolling through my mind as I was walking the streets on my lunch-hour, looking for photo-worthy images on that older side of town. And I liked the old light fixture, too…nice accent.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm

  4. A patchwork in wood. I like this door and have to say, I prefer the orginal photograph but, it’s always worth experimenting with post-processing I think. It’s a creative process in itself.

    March 21, 2012 at 10:52 am

    • It is a patchwork of wood, indeed, Chillbrook…and along with my second-thinking that I mentioned in the post, I think the original photo had more worth than I initially gave it credit for having. It was fun to try to add different effects with Picasa, but the pencil-sketch effect was the only one that seemed true to the character of the door. I’m glad you liked the photo. Thank you, Sir. 🙂

      March 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm

  5. This is a fantastic drawing – you’re a person of many talents! Love the wood grain in the drawing which is more visible then the photo.

    March 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    • It is beautiful, Lois, but I processed the photograph with Picasa…I didn’t draw it myself. I went back and added a supplement to the blog post, as it appears that a few people thought I drew it. I wish I could draw like that, but this one was from the computer.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:25 pm

  6. When did you have time to do this wonderful pencil sketch? The photo is good but your sketch is amazing!

    March 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    • I wish I could take credit for the photo, Miss Bonnie, but I actually processed/manipulated the photograph with Picasa. I wish I could draw like that…but I can’t even come close. 🙂

      March 21, 2012 at 7:23 pm

  7. I like old doors and other architectural details too, and like both versions. I just downloaded “digikam” which is free and is supposed to be a “strong program.” I can’t tell you much about any peronal experience with it yet but if you’re frustrated with Picasa, it might be worth looking into.

    March 22, 2012 at 7:43 am

    • Good morning, New Hampshire…the Picasa program is a free download from Google and has done very well so far. I think it was the image thing, or maybe that I couldn’t get it to match what I had in my mind. I will check-out the digikam program…but me know how the digikam program works for you after you’ve had a chance to play with it for a bit…. Thank you for the info. 🙂

      March 22, 2012 at 8:18 am

  8. George Weaver

    I did not read what anybody else said about the two images. I like both. I really like the top one because it looks like a sketch almost. Or an etching. I like the colors and that etched effect. I suppose it’s a matter of artistic preference. Both are very good photos!

    March 22, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    • Thank you, George…I’m kind of undecided…but do like them both. 🙂

      March 23, 2012 at 6:52 am

  9. Love both, but I think I prefer the original!

    March 23, 2012 at 1:30 am

    • Thank you, Madhu. 🙂

      March 23, 2012 at 6:50 am

  10. elmediat

    Well done ! That is a very interesting door. Your composition is well balanced and captures the natural textures of the subject & setting. You have captured the natural colour very effectively in the shot. What you may be looking for is more contrast/saturation to create a dramatic tone.
    I agree with George’s assessment about the modified image. It is very striking. 🙂

    Not sure how comfortable you are with imaging software. Check out Optikverve’s VirtualPhotographer. It is very useful Free software that is easy too use. It can be used as a stand-a-lone or as a plug-in with other imaging software.

    March 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    • Thank you for the feed-back, Elmediat…nice words. And you’re right; I was looking for more contrast and saturation of color. That is what I was doing when processing the photo with Picasa…and couldn’t find what suited me, hence the pencil-rendering.

      I am fairly comfortable with Picasa, but haven’t heard about Optikverve’s product. I will look at it and see how inviting it appears to me. Thank you for the recommendation.

      March 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm

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