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Friday Slide Show: Walls Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

13 December 2019

We enjoyed working on last week's slide show Empty Rooms so much that we thought we'd challenge ourselves to do a complementary piece this week.

What, we wondered, would complement the monochromatic images of empty rooms where the light bouncing off the interior walls provided all the drama?

We put Excire Search Pro (otherwise known as our assistant Igor) to work looking up some sort of architectural detail it had indexed.

What did its index know about? It knew about walls.

Walls have been getting a bad rap for a few years now. Through no fault of their own, either. They have been belittled as fences or brushed off as inferior to bridges.

Walls have been getting a bad rap for a few years now.

But without walls we would not have windows or doors or even roofs, for that matter.

And in our case (hunting for a complement to our monochrome slide show), they would look better in color than in black-and-white. We proved that immediately by converting the entire set to monochrome and being thoroughly unimpressed.

It was different when we reverted to the original color. They started to speak. They had stories to tell.

The images in this set were captured mostly as JPEGs (although there a few Raws). That's because many of them were test images for digicams we were reviewing during the Digicam Age.

It's quite a collection of cameras: Canon PowerShot A3300 IS, Canon PowerShot G9, Canon PowerShot SD850 IS, Canon PowerShot SX200 IS, Casio H20G, Fujifilm X10, Kodak EasyShare One, Kodak V610 Dual Lens, Nikon 990, Nikon D300, Olympus E-PL1 and Sony HX1.

And consequently color varied significantly.

But we were able to use Lightroom's Hue/Saturation/Lightness panel to tame the more oversaturated colors and breath some life into some of the paler ones (bricks mainly, for some odd reason).

We also did a lot of image manipulation with the Upright tool to restore a reasonable perspective.

So here's to walls. Long may we lean on them when, weary from our charge, we need a break.

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