Restoring family photo

Photo restoration, restoring family photo.

A photo of my Father, probably taken around c1940 or maybe a little earlier. As a family we never got the old photos out to browse through them, or maybe it was me that wasn’t interested as a kid. Either way my dates and recollections of early pictures are very weak in my mind and unfortunately there is no one around to ask any more. This photo is one of my favourites and was showing all the signs of aging by way of deteriorating contrast, faint scratches and inclusions. I had a quick go at restoring it with the intention of getting back to it when I have more time, but that is always the problem, more time.
You’re looking at three stages here, the first being the original, second is part restored, and the third of course is the outcome so far. There’s nothing really difficult in this restoration, it just needs about another hour or so to give it that final bit of oomph. Normally I would advise not going too far with a restoration but in this case a nice clear finish would satisfy my needs.
I like it, hope you do to, it was well worth restoring.

Restoring family photo for my album10071b10071c

Surfing in Royton

Surfer takes advantage of flooding in Royton.

I make the occasional Fun or Fantasy photo for my local town, Royton, hence this picture Surfing in Royton. After a very bad day of rain I came up with this idea of a surfer riding the floods at the town centre cross roads. The blending of the water, surfer and the overcast photo worked brilliantly, it’s just a shame I have no up-to-date photos of the town (Next job, get some photos).
What turned out more funny than the photo itself was a couple of remarks found in the ILR forum by local townsfolk. If I recall correctly one said “For a moment I honestly thought that was real”, another said, “That has to be a Photoshop, it didn’t look that bad to me when I was out”. So watch out next time it rains heavy and take your board into the centre for some fun surfing in Royton.
If you like this Photo Manipulation go have a look at some others I have been doing, click this link here and have a good laugh.

Surfing in Royton what next?

Surfing in Royton