Now in December 2014, even more new Instagram filters were announced. But could it be that some filter effects created way back in 1976 in Toronto, Canada, have still not yet been implemented by Instagram nor by the Apple iPhone6 photo app? – Aubrey Chernick
This is a story of how these Canadian special effects were created on one Sunday afternoon.
As you can see by the frames around this images, they were all scanned and converted into digital format. I actually like how you can still see the rough edges of the film border. Below is the standard shot of the iconic CNN communication tower in Toronto.
I know some of you think you know the answer to the photo filter, but you may not know the rest of the story.
Norm and Mel ran the operation. Of course I was in charge of photo operations.
Yes, you can see the really dark skies — too dark — behind them. And yes, any photo buff knows that is a true sign of a polarizing filter! You are correct. I did, of course, use a polarizing filter.
“But wait — there’s more.” Do you notice another effect? Not just the softness of the image, but there is an eerie, dream-like, almost mystical look to these images.
Here is Mel at the lookout!
I actually used not one but two filters here. Can you guess what the second filter I used beyond the polarizing filter?
Mel also invited a mutual friend, Ruth, to join the crew!
Ok — so next we will we see the rest of the photo filter story
Depending on your age, you may or may not understand the secret that is unlocked above. Look at Ruth’s sunglasses. Notice the sparkle on the top right. That’s created by the second filter which is called a “Cross Star Filter” ( Amazon sample here).
It was the combination of the Cross Star filter PLUS the polarizing filter that created this fascinating mystical, dream-like look. None of this was by design. It wasn’t until I had the film developed by the lab that I was actually able to see what the result was!
Finally, the end of the story.
Three friends, two filters, one memorable day in Toronto.