World War Eye Eye

I enjoy having fun with old images.  The original is just a pair of German soldiers.  The restoration is a pair of Matthew Grey Gublers.  He’s one of the actors in Criminal Minds.



Duck, Duck….

This is from the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland, Oregon.  I made a version of this with very saturated colors.  This version appeals to me more.  These ducks are very commonplace.  You know what color they are.

Alexander Skarsgård

Drawing of Alexander Skarsgård

 I’ve been watching a lot of True Blood lately and I made this drawing during my spare time at work.  For those you who have not noticed, Alexander Skarsgård is beautiful to look at.  This work doesn’t do him justice.  Once must see him in action to know what I mean.  Even in photographs his beauty doesn’t truly emerge.  You can click on the image to make it larger.

Turning Over an Old Leaf

A little fun with monochrome and HDR.  You can’t tell here, but the leaf is brown and dead.  Photographing a brown leaf in the dead of summer felt appropriate.  It was so hot I was feeling a bit crispy myself.  I think the HDR processing brought out the details of the leaf nicely.  Brown leaf on green moss

I promised I Wouldn’t Forget You

The last time I saw my father he was dying of emphysema.  It was two years before he actually passed.  The last thing he said to me was, “Please don’t forget me, Kymm”.  Of course how could a person forget their father.  This is my favorite image of the two of us together.  This is how I like to remember him.  He was healthy and happy.  In 1970 we were living in Gulfport, Florida.

Me and my father in 1970
I got my love of gardening from my father

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