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In the film era the bleach bypass method of processing colour film (as the technique suggests) skipped the bleaching phase. Bleaching removes the silver content from the emulsion, therefore bypassing it caused the silver to remain. This resulted in an image with reduced saturation but increased grain and contrast. The result can be achieved digitally and far more simply – many image manipulation software packages provide a filter that mimics the process, although time should be spent adjusting various levels to produce a satisfactory result…and not all types of images are suitable for this treatment.

Sepia toning is a popular method of modifying a black and white image giving it a dated look. Due to its popularity many digital cameras and image manipulation packages have built in filters to reproduce the effect. Colour images can also be sepia toned giving them a warmer feel. The images shown here have undergone black and white mixing across the colour spectrum to achieve a Sepia result.

I am sure all photographers amass a whole bunch of images that elude categorisation and form a body of unspecific, undefined lost souls, doomed to haunt the edges of beautifully labelled image libraries. We occasionally review our collections, exorcising them of such misfits and dumping them into our ‘Odd Sock’ collection. Not good enough to stand alone but just the right side of the delete key, we present to you 2012’s Odd Socks.