Tahitian déjà vu

On a recent trip to French Polynesia I came across a view that gave me a sense of déjà vu. I was at Belvedere Point on the island of Moorea looking at Mount Rotui. On Moorea there are stunning views everywhere, but this one really stands out. Here is one of my shots.

Finally I remembered where I’d seen Mount Rotui before. We used a stock photo of this popular view to show off a variety of presets during the release of Exposure 3. It was fun to wake up and find myself in a stock photo. Here it is.

The photo above does a pretty good job of showing that Exposure can produce a wide range of looks, but it is kind of jarring to have so much crammed into one scene. I’ve always wanted to show off just one look applied to the whole photo. Here is a treatment of my shot that is reminiscent of an old Daguerreotype. I was inspired by the description of Captain Cook’s first voyage to Tahiti in the book The Age of Wonder. Great book so far!

I started by using Bokeh to create a focus gradient in the bottom half of the photo to make the nearby shrubbery less distracting. Then I started the Black and White Film filter in Exposure 3 and chose the preset B&W Films – Vintage : Daguerreotype – Sepia. On the IR tab I added a little halation to make the clouds glow. On the Age tab I added a slight vignette.

You can download my preset below. Of course you must already have Exposure 3 installed for this to work. You can download and use Exposure in trial mode if you don’t own it.

Save the preset to your desktop first. In most browsers, right-click the link below and choose Save As. That should save a file with a .f1s at the end of the name.

Then double-click the .f1s file to install.  Next time you run the Exposure 3 Black and White Film filter you should see it in the User Settings list.

Daguerreotype – Sepia Glow

About the Author:

Jeff Butterworth is the founder of Alien Skin Software. He used to create the products, but now he does marketing and gets coffee for the programmers.

One Comment

  1. Andrew Macpherson April 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Nice story, I love finding myself in spots I recognize from all my photo books, it’s way better than spotting some random celebrity!

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