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Waiting For A Fare

As I was walking to Faneuil Hall I came across this horse & carriage. As an added bonus the caleche driver was standing there waiting for a fare. His costume and the surrounding buildings threw me into a time warp and I kept thinking that when I get home and process this image it would probably look good as an old vintage photograph.

Below are two versions, the scene as I saw it and a slightly distressed, vintage version.  Let me know which one you prefer.

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Boston, caleche, horse, Faneuil Hall, street photography, horse and buggy, Topaz Clarity

Boston, caleche, horse, Faneuil Hall, street photography, horse and buggy, Topaz Clarity, vintage, monochrome

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55 responses

  1. jimdenham107

    Personally, I like the more modern image better, but it works either way! What a great scene!

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    June 5, 2013 at 7:38 am

  2. Wow, although I like both, the vintage version sent me right into that time warp with you. I love it!!

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    June 5, 2013 at 7:54 am

  3. 1annecasey

    Great image, nicely aged!

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    June 5, 2013 at 8:13 am

  4. Really like your “old time” shot… 😉

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    June 5, 2013 at 8:18 am

  5. For me, it’s definitely the second one, Edith.
    Both are really wonderful.
    Happy day to you!

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    June 5, 2013 at 8:20 am

  6. Each provides a slightly different narrative. It’s always fascinates how a conversion can change the story.

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    June 5, 2013 at 8:34 am

    • Thanks Sally. I do enjoying processing the same image in different ways as it does tell a different story.

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      June 5, 2013 at 10:56 am

  7. I’m liking the color better…it just pops!

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    June 5, 2013 at 8:45 am

  8. I prefer the first, but I’m with Sally, the more interesting aspect is how it changes the feel of the photo. Lovely capture!

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    June 5, 2013 at 8:48 am

  9. I think I like the vintage treatment better. The scene really fits the processing.

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    June 5, 2013 at 10:10 am

  10. I like the vintage version better, ’cause the subject fits the background fits the editing. Well done

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    June 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

  11. I prefer the original. But is it HDR? I also like the natural almost as it came from the camera look.

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    June 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    • Thanks Phil. No the “original” isn’t HDR. It’s one exposure but I processed it in Photoshop and used Topaz Clarity to bring out some contrast and Topaz Detail to bring out some detail in the brick of the buildings.

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      June 5, 2013 at 4:56 pm

  12. Well my favorite is different from the others….the vintage processing is so perfect…I thought you had scanned an old photo! Kudos to you!

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    June 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm

  13. Wonderful scene here, Edith.
    I typically go for the color shots but not here today. The vintage B&W version steals the show, seems to just fit the time period perfectly.

    Well done!

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    June 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm

  14. I am strongly drawn to the vintage image. It has an authenticity about it that is compelling. There’s nothing to spoil the concept that it was taken decades ago. Clever work, Edith.

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    June 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm

  15. Great shot!

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    June 5, 2013 at 3:45 pm

  16. Amazing images Edith!

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    June 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm

  17. wow! Edith, both pictures has a unique feeling, the first one is modern with rich colors and the second one looks from another time. Well done!

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    June 5, 2013 at 5:37 pm

  18. I like the first version, Edith, as I was drawn in by the vivid colors, especially the red. It pops. For that reason, the second version seems drained of all energy. I like the vintage look, though, and find it amazing that it can be converted to look so authentic. Either way, it’s a gorgeous shot!

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    June 5, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    • Thank you so much Elisa. I appreciate it

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      June 5, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      • Ha, I was just going to amend my comment, and you beat me to it! The second photography isn’t drained of all energy, it has a beautiful quietness to it. Both beautiful! Take care! 🙂

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        June 5, 2013 at 6:03 pm

  19. leecleland

    at first glance I liked the vintage image best, but on a second look I couldn’t decide as the coloured one is very rich in tone which works well with the subject. Still, maybe the vintage one by a whisker!

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    June 6, 2013 at 2:52 am

  20. Great shot ! I like old photographs, therefore I choose the second version.

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    June 6, 2013 at 5:10 am

  21. Len

    I like the both versions Edith. You must have caught him at a good time as usually there are tons of people milling around that area.

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    June 6, 2013 at 6:59 am

    • Thanks Len. Actually I was surprised as well that there weren’t more people milling around.

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      June 6, 2013 at 9:26 am

  22. I like both for different reasons. The first is great shot. However, I feel that you accomplished the goal of achieving an old vintage look. In fact it reminds me of an old newspaper photo.

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    June 6, 2013 at 1:16 pm

  23. Love the images and think the vintage look enhances the mood of the photograph. Terrific capture, Ediith.

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    June 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm

  24. Well spotted Edith.

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    June 7, 2013 at 3:04 am

  25. I truly love ’em both, Edith, but my slight preference would be with the color version. Although, the mono version has a strong period-correct feel to it.. OK, I pick ’em both!

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    June 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm

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  27. Tough call Edith! I really like both of them. I get a different feeling from each one. I might lean slightly more towards the vintage look just because it fits the scene!

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    June 9, 2013 at 11:46 pm

  28. Edith,
    This is such a great image. It’s tough to decide on one finish over another. I think that I would be happy with either if I had only seen one. I wonder how it might look in colour but highly desaturated, so that there is very little colour. Not sure how to explain that though.

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    June 29, 2013 at 7:27 pm

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