I have been trying to mimic a Polaroid feel for pretty much as long as I have been editing photographs. You would think that I would have cracked the code by now. I haven’t. I think this comes close in the soft, creamy/dreaminess and works well with the subject of this photograph. Last year I was in NYC and had just missed a huge traveling butterfly exhibit at the Natural History Museum, I was crushed. A very sweet curator in the children’s wing had three small butterfly specimen trays, woefully forgotten and in such disarray that they didn’t have any rhyme or reason to them, she allowed me to take my time with them, but I found the halogen lighting in the room made the poor butterflies look even less flattering than they already looked. With this effect I feel I have allowed some of their natural beauty to be showcased again in a much prettier light.
I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.
P.S. I found a pretty good Polaroid Photoshop action here, it has the frame and everything.