This one is slightly off the beaten path for me as I normally only post and write about photos I’ve taken myself. This one I definitely didn’t take as it’s about 88 years old which is a little (just a little) before my time. It reminds me of that beautiful song made famous by The Fureys, The Green Fields of France;
“Enshrined forever behind a glass frame
In an old photograph torn battered and stained
And fading to yellow in a brown leather frame”
Well this photo was certainly battered and stained and had accumulated years of dust, smoke, cooking fumes and God knows what else. It was cracked and torn and had faded to sepia but like all old photos it was special, especially to the little girl in it.
She of course is my lovely Mother in Law, Sarah who is now 90 years young and when she posed for this shot with her Father, she was only about two!
So anyway, Sarah was wondering if the photo could be fixed up and she was going to leave it into the local photo restoration place and get it done. Lorraine took it and said we’d give it a go.
I’d never done anything like this before but reckoned it was worth a shot. I scanned it at 2400dpi resolution using a HP scanner that happens to be lying around in my office. It produced a massive 420mb TIFF which I then opened up in PS. There then followed quite a few hours of cloning, healing, selecting, adjusting, layering etc. etc. until eventually my eyes gave up (and I ran out of wine).
Finally I ended up with this which is not perfect but is a huge improvement on the original.
I printed off a copy around 5 x 8″ which is much bigger then the original and thankfully Sarah was delighted with it.
I probably could have spent a bit more time on it and I still have the PSD file which I can work on further. I’d like to tidy up that blueish staining across the bottom and maybe bring out a bit more detail in the white dress. Still, not bad for a first attempt.
So 88 years on the little girl is now a Great Grandmother and is still posing for the camera.
This time her daughter Lorraine (my good lady wife) is taking the pictures.