Category: Restoration

Home on the Range

Home on the Range

I wanted to be a cowgirl.  You already knew that.  But my time as a cowgirl was, in reality, just dressing like a cowgirl.  It was make believe. You see, I lived in town. ...

Like Father, Like Son

 I love days like today.  First of all, after so many days of excessive heat, humidity, and unrelenting sunshine, it rained.  A cool, refreshing rain that was heralded by glorious thunder and lightning. Second,...

Volunteer Orange

 Volunteer.  It can mean “one who enters into or offers himself for a service of his own free will”.  It can also mean “growing spontaneously without direct human control or supervision”.  It could also...

Welcome Back, Baby

It’s pretty amazing how much a photograph can change over time.  It’s also amazing what you can do with patience and Photoshop.  In this case, this little baby girl has practically disappeared due to...

Hawaii Circa 1970

Hawaii Circa 1970

This turned out to be quite a project.  I merged three images taken in Hawaii over 30 years ago.  The color was so distorted in the originals that I had to decide on an...

What’s the Point?

 When you look at this image, it’s hard to imagine it began as….    …..the picture with the dark, harsh background.  It’s a matter of personal taste, but this baby’s family wanted a softer,...

Grandpa’s Cream Route

The original picture is from the late 1800’s and was printed on a postcard.  It has been stored in one of those “magnetic” albums, but fortunately, there was no adhesive on the face of...

Sweet Smiles

Sweet Smiles

I’ve had the opportunity to meet some really wonderful people through my business of restoring vintage photographs.  This little baby with such a sweet smile is now a mom whose son who has a...

Color Adjustment (2)

Color Adjustment (2)

Like my last post, the greatest challenge in this restoration was the color. Moderately simple changes in tone and contrast began to reveal details lost in the original. The best surprise in these details...

Color Adjustment

Honestly, I find color to be the single most difficult element to restore.  I’ve tried one technique after another, but recently developed a combination that works for me. So here’s a tip: try using...