Continuing the Frog’s quest to provide unique images for your perusal and purchase, we’ve just completed the first two fine art posters for Laughing Frog Images.
I’m drawing from the influences of other fine art posters that I’ve seen over the years – a monochromatic background, simple sans-serif title and description, and provocative black and white images.
The first two fine art posters are photographic deconstructions of two popular steam locomotives – Santa Fe 3751 and Union Pacific 4014.
The 3751 was deconstructed at the 2014 San Bernardino (CA) Railroad Days. (There’s a full gallery dedicated to the photographic deconstruction of the 3751 on Laughing Frog Images – just click here to be taken there.)
The partially disassembled 4014 was further deconstructed at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds prior to her departure for Cheyenne, WY and eventual return to service. The “DS” in the title means “Departed Station” in railroad-speak – she hasn’t departed Pomona yet, but she did depart her display home of 51 years to the staging point where these images were made, so I’m not stretching things too much…
For both fine art posters, the original images were shot in color with a vivid bias to mimic slide film and converted to black and white using onOne Perfect Photo Suite software. I’m not going to lie to you – I don’t remember the settings used for the 3751 images (guess I should keep better notes). The images of the 4014 were converted to a profile that emulates Panatomic X, an ASA 32 black and white film formerly manufactured by Kodak. This film was also known as “Pan-X”, and was a fantastic black and white film known for a great tonal range and minimal grain structure.
There will be more fine art posters to follow as the scanning progresses. Off the top of my head, the subject matter is probably going to be steam engines and “vintage” trains as long as I stay with black and white images. However, the fine art possibilities are probably endless as I scratch my head and ponder the image galleries and those to be scanned.
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