Antique Chili Cookoff Photos

Last Saturday, Huntington Beach held its annual chili cook off. The first three blocks of Main Street were closed to traffic as restaurants set up their tents along the street. There were other merchants and bands, as well.

I don’t know who won. I didn’t taste any of the chili, and, to be honest, I didn’t even know that the event was taking place until I turned the corner onto Main Street. Of course, I love this sort of thing. First, I think it is good for the city. It is fun for locals and visitors, alike. On a selfish level, is is a great, target-rich environment for anyone with a camera.

Normally, I post “street photography” images in black & white — except at the beach. The bright blue of the sky, often motivates me to post those photos in color. Today, I decided to give an antique look to the images.

[Tech notes]: I imported the files into Lightroom CC. I shot in RAW (the file format, not sans cloths), so during the input process, I had LR convert the files to DNG. Also, while importing, I ran a very basic HRD preset, to give the images a little pop. After selecting the images that I wanted to further process, I edited in Silver Efex Pro 2, applying the 036 Antique Plate II preset. This creates a relatively flat look with reduced detail and a white vignette. I could have done the same thing in LR, but the presets are fast, and suit my purposes. Still, after saving the files back into LR, I added contrast, increased the clarity (to give just the slightest look of grain), and used the shadows tool to pull additional detail from the darker parts of the image. I then reduced the file size to 1,000 pixels on the long side, added a watermark, and saved as low resolution, those images that I wanted to post online.

Images we captured with an Olympus OMD-EM5 and a Lumix 14mm, f/2.5 lens (mostly at f11), except for the band photos which were with the 40-150mm R at f5.6. Aperture Priority, ISO and WB on auto.

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