Israel 1970’s: The Girls

Here’s my last post in the «Israel 1970’s» series.

Check out the other photos here:

And more B&W Photos in Paula’s post.


Israel 1970’s: The Boys

More photos from my Israel 1970’s series.

These photos were taken by one of my contacts in Israel. Check out the other photos here:

This post is from my drafts folder and it’s an entry for Paula’s B&W post:

A Cardinal Dinner Party

Sometimes I try to create something artistic out of my photos – instead of just making/posting an ordinary photo, so during the weekend I sat down and had some fun with Photoshop. I actually got the idea and started working on this photo a long time ago, but then we got a kid, moved to a new apartment, got a new computer and I forgot about the whole thing. The original photo was taken in 1934 during a dinner party at a church choir.


Who will go home with who when the evening is done?

This photo suits excellent for the «Connect» theme in #photo101 and it got me thinking of this song by John S Hall and Kramer. John S. Hall & Kramer – «The Party» is from the album “real men”. Lyrics written by John S. Hall, music composed by Kramer.

it was time to go to the party
everybody took a long cleansing shower
and put on their special party clothes
it was going to be a wonderful and exciting occasion
everybody had been looking forward to it all week
it kept them going just thinking about what a wonderful time they were all going to have

the promise of the party, almost made everybody’s living conditions bearable
the boredom, the anxiety, the despair, the pain, the pain, the pain
it was all bearable this week, because there was going to be a party

and now it was time to go to the party
everybody started to get tense, they started to say to themselves:
“What if the party isn’t any good? I hate boring parties. I’d rather stay home.
Why go out? I could get killed. I don’t need this. It’s raining out. Besides, what if it was a good party?
What if it was the best party ever? Then, when it was over, I’d start thinking about how there would never be such a good party ever again.
I’d rather have something to look forward to, I’m still young, this is no time to go to a party, it’s raining out.
I’m going to call all my friends and tell them not to go.”

So nobody went to the party, and it was truly, truly, truly the best party ever.

Monochrome Strømsfoss

Here’s my entry for Leanne & Laura’s Monochrome Madness Challenge this week.


Strømsfoss, Norway (click to see large version).

You can see my Adobe Lightroom settings & Adobe Photoshop layers in this gallery:

After I’m finished with the settings in Lightroom, I export the file and open it in Photoshop. This is my Photoshop workflow (see the Photoshop layers picture for reference):

  • In Lightroom I used a preset called Antique Light. I tweaked the settings to what you see in the “Lightroom settings” image in the gallery and exported the image.
  • Open the exported photo in Photoshop.
  • In Photoshop: The layer Background Copy is the one I work on. The layer named Background is the original, as it looked when I exported it from Lightroom.
  • On the background copy I used a low opacity brush and added some dodge & burn (in the corners, around the edges, on the trees, boats and their reflections).
  • The Old book cover layer is set to darken with an opacity of 50%
  • The 4 tape layers are set to multiply at 100% opacity
  • The grain & noise layer: I used the Paint Bucket tool to fill the layer with black. Set the layer opacity to 28% and then used filter – noise – add noise, ticked off monochromatic with uniform distribution at 16,5%
  • Then I added my watermark, file info and saved as a jpeg.

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Israel 1970’s: אריה ברק וגיא

I’ve promised you that I’d start a new series with retro photos from Israel. This is the first photo in the series: «Israel 1970’s» and it’s called אריה ברק וגיא: that’s the name of the three persons in the photos and their names mean Lion (Arie), Lightning (Barak) and Valley (Guy).

אריה וברק, Israel 1970's

אריה וברק, Israel 1970’s

Even though this first post is named after the persons in it, I’m not sure if I’ll do the same with all the posts that are to come. Anyway I’ve created a new category for this series, so it’ll be easy to look up all the photos after they’ve been posted.

Today WordPress has its Weekly Photo Challenge. The theme this week is “light” and since Barak means lightning, this is my entry for this weeks photo challenge. Check out other bloggers entries here: