Old Times Old Ways

As I said before, inspiration is a strange beast…

I am writing a story about Balto and Togo, two dogs who were a part of the 1925 Nome Serum Run, the famous dog sled relay, composed of 20 dog sled mushers and 150 dogs, which brought initial relief to the citizens of Nome, Alaska, who were being struck down by a diphtheria epidemic in late 1924 and early 1925. Doing the research, I came across some old photos of the sled dogs from 1920s. That gave me the idea to turn one of Berta’s photos into a vintage photo, reminiscent of those times.  Berta being a husky mix made it even more exciting.


The original was taken on one of our morning walks in December, was published on Instagram and featured here as the January Photo of the Month. Post processing was not very complicated, although it involved more than few steps. After converting it to b&w and adjusting the exposure, I softened the far background, which made her stand out more prominently. Playing with different textures actually gave me the idea of the vintage photo. So, I added some old paper texture via PixlrExpress and imported the image into FotoSketcher, where the final conversion step happened.

I like the final result, it does remind me of those old times. Here is an old photo of Togo, so you can make sense of my initial idea.


As I already said last week, our dear hostess Leanne Cole moved her post Monochrome Madness Challenge to Australia Thursday/Europe Wednesday, so I don’t have a direct link to her post. You can check her site Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY tomorrow, where you will find many other amazing entries.


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