Saturday, October 31, 2009

My First Senior Composite

In this composite I brought in as many elements that pertained to the senior as I could. The silhouette of the horse is from the graphic on her truck. The cowboy boots and hat in the corner are also hers. I used a rope font using a color from her boots.

After it was all said and done, I wish I had moved the picture on the right just a little more to the left. Oh well, I had no idea how to do any of this when I started and have a better feel for how I will approach the next one.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Betty Page Comes To Town

A fellow co-worker was dressing up this year as Betty Page for Halloween and wanted me to take some pictures. These are my favorites from the photo session. It was cold and windy so as luck would have it we were able to make use of the local Spectrum Tattoo Parlor.

This one and the one below were my two favorite shots.

Friday, October 23, 2009

More Fun with Photoshop Filters

I've been playing around with the Artistic Filters in PhotoShop. The coolest thing I have found so far is that after applying the filter you can then fade the effect all the way back to Zero.

This is the original I picture I took at the Temple of Tolerance in Wapakonetta. There are several of these Ringed Globs in various places. The shadows and lighting caught my eye.

Just for fun I tried a few filters in PhotoShop and decided I like the Chrome Filter faded back to about 30%.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Reflections of Fall II

Jason and Jane suggested that I try using just the reflected trees. I think it looks really COOL. Thanks guys.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Reflections of Fall

I stopped by Tawawa Park on my way home from work today to snag a few quick Fall pics. I have taken several pictures over the years of the trees reflected in the water. This time the water was slightly choppy giving me this awesome shot.

This is my favorite Fall picture to date.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Vintage Photo Restoration 3

This one came out closer to what I am striving for. It helped that the original photo wasn't in that bad of shape.

The photo was also large enough that you can see texture in the face. The photographer used a wide aperture as you can see the hair and ear going out of focus.

This is what the back of the card looked like.

I just love the bargain of 6 prints for 50 cents or 12 for a dollar. The photo had been cut at the top, probably to fit in a frame. I restored the top to what it would have looked like originally.

And of course the Side-By-Side.

Vintage Photo Restoration 2

This one has a sad story. I was told that this is a death photo. The person who gave me the picture didn't know anymore than that.

I was not too happy with the final outcome on this one. Too much detail was lost in the whites. It looks like the photo was a 4x6 cut and mounted on a 4.5 x 6.5 placard. I have two more photos with this type of mounting and they have additional studio information on the back. This one was blank.

My ultimate goal is to go beyond the obvious repairs and get something that looks close to the original print. As you can see by this edit I have quite a ways to go.

If you look close you will see the boy has deformed hands. I am not sure what the bar is on the left but I think the photographer could of put a little more thought in to the composition.

The white linens, blouse, bow tie and the fact that a picture was taken leads me to believe the parents were of some influence.

For comparison here is a Side-By-Side.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Vintage Photo Restoration 1

I enjoy looking at and restoring old black and white photos. I look for them every time I am in one of those second hand stores you seem to find in every town.

The original of this photo was a small 2.5 by 4 inch print. This is the scan of the original cropped 4x6.

The one thing I find interesting in this photo is the pose. They must be husband and wife but look at how they are totally separated in the picture. The photographer was clever with the hands, hers resting on something and his with an open book.

Well after working with it for a bit, this is what I came up with.

Here is a side by side comparison of both photos.

If I worked on this some more I think I would try and clean up the wall in the background a bit more. I hope to post some more of these over the weekend.