Lightroom 2’s Aged Photo Preset

Just a few more images from my recent visit to the George Ranch Historical Park’s Davis House, an 1890’s Victorian style mansion. These images are from the mansion’s authentic carriage house and stables. Each was taken hand-held in very low light conditions and processed using Lightroom 2’s “Aged Photo” preset to give them that old time look. Since I was the only visitor in the carriage house that afternoon, it was easy to imagine myself working there a hundred years ago, grooming the horses and mucking out the stables.

1890's Grooming Supplies

1890’s Grooming Supplies
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 40D , 17-40mm f/4 L at 17mm, f/5.6, 1/50th sec at ISO 200 on SanDisk digital film.

1890's Horse Stalls

1890’s Horse Stalls
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 40D , 17-40mm f/4 L at 17mm, f/8, 1/40th sec at ISO 200 on SanDisk digital film.

1890's Mucking Equipment

1890’s Mucking Equipment
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 40D , 17-40mm f/4 L at 40mm, f/4, 1/60th sec at ISO 200 on SanDisk digital film.

None of these three images was what I’d call “tack sharp” and the color versions really didn’t look all that exciting when I first imported them into Lightroom. Since I had nothing to lose, I started playing around with the various Develop presets and the Clarity and Sharpening sliders to see if any of these could be salvaged. I found that the old fashioned, soft focus style of the “Aged Photo” preset (tweaked just a little) really made these images come to life.

What do you think?

6 thoughts on “Lightroom 2’s Aged Photo Preset

  1. Kalem,

    Thanks for the comment. I agree about the last image. I looked at the scene and wanted to capture all the different geometric shapes on this wall. I must have spent an hour or more trying different crops but couldn’t really find one that “moved” me so this is what I ended up with.

    I plan to revisit all of these images using a tripod just as soon as the George Ranch finishes repairs due to Hurricane Ike. I may also do some HDR processing since the dynamic range in this setting far exceeds the Canon 40D’s capabilities. Check back in a few weeks for more details.

    Jeff

  2. Hey Tom,

    Great to hear from you again! The more I use Lightroom 2 the more impressed I am.

    By the way. I have a one year old Bogen / Manfrotto 190XPROB Tripod Legs (Black) with 486RC2 Compact Ballhead that is looking for a new home. I also have a one year old Lowepro Mini-Mag AW camera bag that is looking for a new home. They are getting tired of the heat and humidity here in Texas. (LOL)

    Can you put these to good use in North Jersey? If so, please send me your address and they’ll be on their way.

    Jeff

  3. I’ve heard a lot about Lightroom, but, I’ve never tried it. These shots have stirred my interests in trying it. With the exception of the third photo, I like your cropping. Actually, the third photo isn’t bad. I just like the first two better. Good work.

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