03 August 2007

Friday Eye Candy Contest

It's time for another contest! Woooooooooo! ::g::

Here's the image.

It is a photograph of a small perfume bottle, taken by my husband and processed by both of us. By what process did it arrive at its current state? Here's a hint: there was nothing digital done other than scanning in the final image and adjusting the color to better reflect the original.

Give me your answer in a comment (emailing it to me doesn't count!) by Wednesday, August 8 at 12 midnight PST. I am looking for two specific things that were done to the photograph. I will enter whoever gets those processes into a drawing and pick a random winner. If no one gets both, I will enter whoever gets the one predominant process (there are telltale signs!) into a random drawing. If no one gets it, everyone who guesses will be entered into a random drawing. But someone will get it. There are photographers out there! I know it! :)

Wanna know what you're playing for?


A hammered copper shawl pin from my Designs by Romi site.

Good luck and have a great weekend!!!

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Blogger kristo said...

well, i have no real photography experience AT ALL.... but i think the image looks really cool.
i will hazard a guess because i REALLY like the shawl pin. a tea rubbing and then burning the edges? (it's the only thing we ever did to a photo in high school - again just a desperate guess)

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An uneducated guess - it looks like it was painted or colored. Like how they took old black and white photos and added color to them after they were developed. It looks antiqued. Now I am really curious about it and am anxious to hear the answer.
Punkin at Needle to Needle

10:08 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

I am going guess at least one possibility. Did you expose the frame to too much light? I know that over exposure usually produces a negative like appearance. Or at least that's what I have seen done. Also if you smudged the frame with your fingers a little it would leave marks on the film during the development process.

That's my guess.

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

I think you either "shocked" it by going from a really warm solution to a cold solution or printed it through a screen of mesh or fabric or perhaps sponged it while developing to get the slightly uneven texture.

Then hand painted.

10:41 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Sheesh Romi! Obviously you dipped it in tea and left it in the sun*!!!:)

*comments from the person who had to have f-stop and shutter speed explained to her EVERY TIME in photography class!

5:22 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Sepia then sponging.coloring... how's that for someone who knows o about photography but is a scrapbooker at heart?!

5:41 AM  
Blogger Tricia said...

Hmmmmm. Well I love that pin, and I have a lovely knitted shawl that it would be perfect for! I think I am going to guess that you created the image by doing a polaroid transfer process? I think thats what it is called......it looks similar to the ones I've seen. (I hope, I hope)

7:25 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I don't know anything about "real" photography, so I'll guess printed on paper, soaked in tea, then handpainted. Just for fun.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I'm just guessing, but did you use a filter? For whoever does win: I bought this pin a few months ago and LOVE it. :)

8:47 AM  
Blogger Gudrun Johnston said...

Hi Romi,
I'm playing that getting tagged game and so I tag you to list 8 random things about yourself then tag 8 others...however I have a feeling you've already done this...if so...disregard this message!

9:05 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Wow! You have the coolest photo's on your blog. I'm totally clueless, so I won't embarrass myself w/a guess.
I will say that your pins are gorgeous and your photo's are a treat for the eyes!
Enjoy the rest of Summer and everytime you hear "big arms!" know there's another Mommy out there cheering her little tadpole on too!

** I love your avatar. You look like one of the girls from the Robert Palmer video "Simply Irresistible" remember that??? or am I dating myself...gotta love the 80's!

11:30 AM  
Blogger Kusum said...

Here is a total guess.

You overexposed the picture and then wet the photo to smudge the color?

1:24 PM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

You did a polariod transfer to watercolor paper?



1:39 PM  
Blogger LUL said...

hmmmm, weeeellll, I have nooo idea! Maybe you used some kind of gold thing in the batn thing!!! lol!!

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

This is NOT an educated guess, but I'll say that the photo was given a tea bath and then sponged. (I was going to say lemon and then a sprinkle of salt, but that would be a tequila shot :) ).

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

It looks like a pastel illustration on rough-textured paper. It's been so long since I took my fancy-techniques photography design class (20 years), I can't begin to guess. But we never did anything that turned out like that!

I find it especially attractive because it's a perfume bottle.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Jean said...

Oh man, I wish I could remember something - anything! - from high school photography class. I dunno, was fire involved? It's a beautiful photo, however you got there.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous KT said...

It's a polaroid transfer (where you peel off the emulsion layer) that was somehow solarized... it was transferred onto some kind of textured paper, it seems...

7:54 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Well, definitely something Polaroid, although it looks like an older Polaroid format. Then....Not sure. It almost looks like you peeled off the plastic overlayer of the Polaroid and maybe transfered the emulsion onto paper somehow? Now you have me curious. It has been a long time since I studied photography and I have gotten so lazy with the creative part since I have digital now!

10:57 PM  
Blogger thursday said...

That sure looks like a polaroid image transfer onto watercolor paper..perhaps the colors were touched up also after the transfer?

1:14 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I am sure I am too late, but it is Polaroid image Transfer with Polaroid peel apart film.

Very beautiful. A girl in my art program in University did that as a grad study.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

O.K. I was so excited that I knew what it was, that I forgot to read the part about two distinct steps. So taken with Polaroid peel apart film, then transferred to a lovely artsy sheet of something like Arches water colour paper (ah—I am remembering printmaking class), then dipped in a weak solution of vinegar to enhance to colour and neutralize the chemicals. Maybe it was taken with a polaroid SX-70 Land camera, if that is the case, then I am sorry I gave mine away.

Very fun contest! Art and paper get me really happy.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Marianne said...

Sorry but I haven't got the faintest idea. I DO like the photo very much however. I will just look at it and admire it.

11:24 AM  
Blogger HDW said...

Poloroid process and transfer to water color paper.

2:46 AM  
Anonymous Mikkers said...

i would say maybe...tea stained and then a short exposure?

5:36 AM  
Blogger trek said...

Did you put some slick paper to a wet Polaroid and let the image transfer? It also has an airbrushed look to my eye.

Neat, in any case.

5:38 AM  
Anonymous Wen said...

I think it's a polaroid transfer...

6:02 AM  
Blogger Gammy aka Peggy said...

Gosh, I wish I knew something about photograpy!!! I love that pin. How about you ran water over the picture to give it that appearance?

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Connie said...

I am going to guess - edges torn, some sandpaper rubbing, burned edges?

6:47 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

I have absolutely no idea what the processes you used are, but I wanted to tell you what a beautiful shawl pin that is!

7:21 AM  
Anonymous Sydney said...

I know very little about real photography but here goes my guess. It's a black and white photo that's been hand colored and then transferred to paper like watercolor paper. Or I suppose it could have been done in reverse.

7:24 AM  
Anonymous Kat said...

Looks like a Polaroid transfer to me. Such a fun way to play with slides and photographs. Love the golden hues.

7:30 AM  
Anonymous lorinda said...

I'm SO not an expert, but I'm guessing hand-coloring and some form of antiquing/aging

7:52 AM  
Blogger Turtle said...

Well, at first glance i was thinking you added the texture by filming it through a nylon stocking, but then it also reminded me of a pinhole camera shot. The edges look like they were done with glass plates....it definatly looks hand painted,hmmmm.....beautiful results!

7:55 AM  
Blogger Heide said...

Here's where I make an ass of myself by exposing my lack-o-photography skills! I think it was printed in sepia and then painted by hand. Love the shawl pin!

8:01 AM  
Blogger Ann-Marie said...

a photo of a photo???

8:19 AM  
Blogger Kimber8116 said...

It looks like a poloroid transfer, but it could also be a gum print.

8:57 AM  
Blogger RheLynn said...

I'm going to guess pastel colouring.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous ck said...

I'm going with the polaroid guess too.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Sereknitty said...

I,too, think it's a Polaroid transfer. Looks lovely!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Sereknitty said...

Sorry, you did ask for two things ... well, firstly the polaroid transfer, and secondly, transfered to canvas, is my guess.

11:20 AM  
Blogger uberstrickenfrau said...

did you color it with colored pencils maybe?

2:43 PM  
Blogger 5elementknitr said...

I'm thinking something with sepia and salt (like when people use salt to texturize their watercolor paintings).

4:25 PM  
Blogger Eve said...

It looks cross-processed, but that's my answer for everything. I know there are two different ways to do it, but that's probably not what you're looking for! I'm eager to find out how it was actually done.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Paper said...

polaroid print and... pastels?

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

I am going with glass plate transfer of the negative and then hand colored.

11:29 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

did you dunk the photo in tea?

5:26 AM  
Blogger kaleidoscoptic said...

This is just a guess but I would say you used a flash and focused on the bottle cap.

7:04 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

I'm going to echo the group and say it was a Polaroid transfer onto cold-press watercolor paper. Then perhaps abrading the paper more?

9:48 AM  
Anonymous junie said...

Gosh, I have NO idea how that is done but it is beautiful...It looks like it is photographed through another piece of glass - that magnified the top of the perfume bottle and added a hazy look. Perhaps it somesort of pebbly glass or piece of ice. Ice can magnify a bit. You two are so clever, I really haven't a clue except it is stunning.

I am no photographer as you know! I just admire your talent. I will just wait to see what you did to that photo. Great image.

10:08 PM  

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