Having constructed her web, a beautiful red spider sits and waits and thinks, “If only I had a book to read…”
Another experiment with limited color. Old Pa Pitt enjoys all kinds of photographic experiments, but in this case he has a particular reason for presenting this picture this way: it was a photograph that could not be easily rescued in full color.
You may see the original color photo below if you really want to see it. Father Pitt will draw back the curtain for a moment and reveal the insignificant man with the levers and switches.
In spite of much manipulation, including a gradient filter applied in the GIMP, the highlights are still bleached out completely, making it look like a picture from a cheap cell phone rather than Pa Pitt’s treasured Olympus E-20n.
Reducing the saturation made it look more artificial without making it look more attractive.
But somehow imitation two-strip Technicolor made an attractive image. In the words of Michelangelo, go figure.
A dragonfly rests briefly before heading out on another hunting expedition.
Mushrooms come in all colors, shapes, and sizes, and old Pa Pitt’s visitors seem to enjoy looking at them. For his part, Father Pitt enjoys finding them, so here are a few more pictures.
For no very good reason, Father Pitt decided to see what this picture of a log covered with little bracket fungi would look like if it had been printed with one of the limited-color processes sometimes used for books of popular science in the 1930s. There is actually a plugin for the GIMP that imitates two-color Technicolor, which suited his purposes well enough. What do you think? Would this not have made an admirable illustration in The Child’s Book of Wonders of the Fungus World?