Mods in the 1960’s

Mods in the 1960’s

The photo below taken in the 1960’s brought back some very strong memories for me. I guess they were the best days of my life which I think covered around 5-6 years. Hard to say when it really started and finished as lots of music groups latched on to the craze wrongfully calling themselves Mods, like The Who for instance. Ok they may have made some reasonable records in their time but they were never part of the Mod scene as far as me and plenty of others thought.
The Who made some music for Quadraphinia, a supposed movie about Mods (Another pile of poop). These sort of hangers-on will never be Mods in my eye nor will a movie like that convince me otherwise.
The whole idea of Mods in the 1960’s was about being really cool, really smart (Even under your Parker) and most of all, totally opposite to a Rocker of that era. So who got Mods up and dancing you may ask. Groups like the Small faces kept me going in the all night clubs of Manchester and Oldham if I have to admit to that. Twisted Wheel, Jungfrau, CIS and the Top Twenty were some of the clubs I frequented back in the 60’s. Everyone looking smart but cool, the type of guys the girls loved to date with, so what did the Rockers have. Erm cafes, greasy hair and Ok, maybe faster bikes (You have to give em’ that).

So to the picture” Mods in the 1960’s”. I don’t want to give my customers name away but he now works as a high ranking councillor in my local area. I was the first to suggest a restoration as I loved the photo which so, so reminded me of my days. I was sent four to repair, this being the first one I’ve completed as this is my favourite. Apparently it has been nicked and used by the Humble Pie’s for a disc cover and several other uses over Europe. Oddly I noticed that they used it without restoration, they just cropped the photo for their own purposes.
The restoration involved crease removal, colour cast removal, a new skyline added and a nice little touch by way of lifting the front carrier spotlight. An in joke with my mates as the spots always dropped during a long run due to poor assembly and vibration.

Original Photo

Bernie & Mick


Restored photo


A Bernie & Mick v2

Extreme Photo Manipulation

Extreme Photo Manipulation for FREE!

The Extreme Photo Manipulation you see below was done for free as one of my customers took advantage of a permanent offer I have on the go. If you have a photo that requires some work doing on it like Manipulation, Restoration, Colourising or even a simple Enhancement all you have to do to qualify is give me a recommendation.
All you do is go to this site Free Index, register, and perhaps give me a glowing 5 star review. Once registered (And they do not spam you) tell the world how good my service is. You will later receive a confirmation email from Free Index just asking if you are a real person and not a spambot. I will then release your chosen photo to you without a watermark and everyone is happy. How good an offer is that?
Free Index is a business promotional service, a bit like the old Yellow Pages. The public can use it to find a service they require or even post and ask for help. It’s great for both customer and service provider and it’s all free.
The Extreme Photo Manipulation you see here was quite difficult as there were no real areas to clone but I think it worked out pretty well. As you can see the customer required that three people were removed, cellotape mark removed and a general clean-up of the picture. I also enlarged the photo so it could be printed at any size which all-in-all meant the customer went away very happy.

old Ed and old Dan Barrow

old Ed and old Dan Barrow before manipulation.

Royton Ginnel gang

Royton Ginnel gang, Spring Garden St.

These five youngsters including Harry Green, Jim Duxbury and Ron Allen are posing in the back passageway off Spring Garden St, Royton. The photo will go into my collection of old photos from my hometown Royton. I have a long term project of restoring all the old photos I can get my hands on and in most cases will colourise them and perhaps put them to disc later.
I have three photos of these particular cheeky kids but the other two require quite a lot of restoration before I can add any colour to them. I understand that they belong to a gentleman who does a lot of research on his family tree and who kindly gave me permission to use them. I hope he will be pleasantly surprised when I send these colour versions back to him. His name incidentally is Collin Wood and you can find his blog here should you wish to read some of his memoirs from Royton.
The photo didn’t require too much restoration and I do like to leave a certain amount of oldness to pictures that I repair. The colouring is never easy but I think this will end up as one of those iconic photos of Royton like the Ginnel Band I restored some time back.

Royton Ginnel Gang Spring Garden St.


An iconic photo from Royton's Spring Garden St.

Falls of Dochart

Falls of Dochart, Killin, Scotland.

This photo of the  beautiful Falls of Dochart that runs through the small town of Killin, Scotland has been manipulated to my taste by the use of HD rendering. I’ve visited the town of Killin many times and mostly during the local festival celebrations. The falls are located at the western end of Loch Tay, the famous white waters of the Falls of Dochart can be viewed from the village’s bridge. In fact wherever you stand in proximity of the falls you will find spectacular views.
Falls of Dochart, Killin, Scotland. A fantasy of colours and drama.

I decided on enhancing the picture because I love the effects that HD photos can give you. It’s one of my first attempts and I have to admit that the original photo was a little flat colour wise. This didn’t put me off thought because I wanted to produce a weird, fantasy, dreamy picture with a bit of drama thrown in. I hope you like it as much as I do and please keep watching my website as there will be more to come with improvements along the way as I gain more experience in this genre.More on Killin – Killin lies at the centre of the area known as Breadalbane (Gaelic Bràghad Albainn meaning ‘the high ground of Scotland’) and the hills of the Tarmachan Ridge and Lawers Range can be seen clearly from the main street of the village.   What Killin is most noted for, however, are the Falls of Dochart, where the River Dochart tumbles into the heart of the village beneath the Dochart Bridge.  As a tourist village, it is somewhat ironic that the worse the weather, the more dramatic the main tourist attraction becomes! Don’t let this put you off though, it’s an absolutely gorgeous place no matter what the weather offers you. I’ve never been during the snow season but the photos I’ve seen are truly spectacular.

Colour desaturation

Colour desaturation for a free Christmas present.

I‘m currently running a chance for people to get free work from Photo Restore. I am amazed how reluctant people are to take up this free offer but understand people always think there’s a catch. Ok I am already well known to undercharge for my work so a freebie sounds to good to be true. The point is that I love doing this work and as it gets really close to Christmas my workload reduces as people realise there may not be enough time to have a photo restored. Offering a freebie gives me something to do, good practice for me and gets me a little extra notice from the world at large.

The lady that contacted me asked if I could do a colour desaturation on a photo she had. No problem I said, just send it over and I’ll discuss it further with you so that we were reading from the same book.
After viewing the picture I suggested a few more bubbles and perhaps a colour tint in the little girls top. It’s a bit odd doing a colour desaturation when a huge chunk of the subject is already white so the lady agreed and was very pleased with the outcome. In fact her comment was that it looked fabulous and was to be framed and mounted on her wall.

What do you think?

colour desaturation