On my 21st birthday I was taken to a strip club in Boston and I was ready with very high-speed film in my camera, ready for low-light and the need for higher shutter speeds. Unfortunately, my camera was kept at the door so I have no pictures full of grainy ambiance. It was with this in mind that I tackled this week’s Topless Tuesday session.
I’ve been known to dance on a pole or two in Second Life (see here) so when I saw a new strip club being installed in a Role Play region that is being built (I’ll blog about it when it is open) I couldn’t resist trying it out. I wanted to capture the ambiance of the place – a hole-in-the-wall joint with aspirations to be up-scale – so I created the basic shots and headed for Pixelmator.
Snapseed is also available for Android devices (see here) and I can highly recommend it. Look at the first picture again then compare it to the original below:
The adjustments are as follows:
Tune Image – Brightness 18
Tune Image – Ambiance 30
Tune Image – Saturation 15
Tune Image – Shadows -6
Tune Image – Highlights 10
Glamour Glow – Option 4 Level 30
Grainy Film – Option B04 Level 30
Frames – 17
Adjusting the first image took a few minutes while I compared options though if I had gone in without knowing the look I wanted I could have spent a long time. Adjusting the other two images to match the first was fairly quick because I wrote down the settings I used so it was a matter of tap-tap-tap and done. Being able to save “Stacks” – what the app calls the saved changes to your workflow) would have made the process faster, but maybe not by much.
I wonder if I can talk people into taking me back to the strip club for my 27th birthday.
psst … a bigger, better version of this last pic is on Flickr.