I grabbed this shot of a working windmill on our drive to Jackson last September. The Hoback River valley has some of the most consistently beautiful autumnal aspen, and we look forward to the drive from Salt Lake City nearly as much as our time in Grand Tetons and Yellowstone each year. I noticed the sunlight glinting off windmill-it may be new or have been there forever, I just don’t know. The windmill vane says Dempster, Beatrice, Nebr, USA. The company is still in business.
I used two adjustment layers in Photoshop to get the sepia effect. First, from a plethora of choices, I use my favorite (and thus most comfortable) method for B&W conversion: a channel mixer layer set to monochrome. Then I add a second adjustment to add the sepia toning. After trying out a number of variations, I decided I like the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer set around Hue:40 and Saturation:20. Then I set the Hue/Saturation layer blending mode to Color instead of Normal. The Color blending mode changes hue and saturation, but preserves the luminosity values I set in my B&W conversion.
Later on, I’ll post the full color image, which has a completely different feel with the yellow aspen glow and the blue tones of the steel weather vane. But I’m in another sepia mood today.