Old Photo of Dad

A friend of mine let me restore and old photo of her father (on the far right). And yes that is Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos.  My friend was very happy with this but I really don’t like how the shirt looks on the man in the foreground. I will get better at this.

1926 – Gramma as a Young Woman

This week I haven’t been working, so I decided to work on a little photo restoration.  This is my maternal grandmother as a young woman in 1926.  This is at 135 Indian Church Road, the home of her adoptive parents.   Her birth name was Bryan, but she was adopted by the Stumpffs before she was five. I love the purse she is holding.  She looks quite fashionable for the day.  My uncle tells me she was raised in a polite upper middle class home, well cared for, with nice clothes and piano lessons.  She reunited with her birth parents after she was married.

There were stains that I removed and played with the contrast.  Actually I jacked the contrast, but I like the effect.  The image was tilted so I decided to straighten it.   I added the deckled frame.  If I could I would add the frame to every image.   I love deckled edges.  The before and after is here so you can see the changes.

1926 Helen Bryan Kubiak
Before Editing

 

1926 Helen Bryan Kubiak
After Editing

Content Aware

I was able to go to Photoshop World in 2010. It takes place in Las Vegas. Since I have never been there before, I enjoyed playing the tourist. I spent part of my time snapping random photos. In front of the MGM Grand Hotel is a big golden lion. Of course I couldn’t resist photographing it. When I got home I could help but to notice that there were a thousand distracting elements in the photo. Ah… but what a great photo to practice content aware on.

MGM Grand Original
MGM Grand Original

I used a combination of “content aware fill” and cloning.

 

MGM Grand with distracting elements removed
MGM Grand with distracting elements removed