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?

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