Repair ripped photo.
Below is a great photo of a lady in her youth and the only one she had around of herself at that age. Unfortunately it was torn in half by a freak accident with no negative available for reprint. So what do you do in this kind of situation? Give me a call of course…..
When I first looked at it for restoring I was a little dismayed as I didn’t think it would repair very well due the grain in the picture and thought maybe some little pieces may be missing. However once I made a start on it I could immediately tell it was all going to work out fine. It all snapped together quite well after some stretching, slowing the dps down on my Wacom, and a lot of patience. The hard work that followed wasn’t tiresome as I knew the result would be rewarding.
Assuming I get permission to show this on my FB account I’m going to produce a fast motion movie showing how it all came together. I’ve never made one before but have seen plenty and I think it will look pretty cool.
How it arrived, the original.
Thai Boxer from the North.
Brilliant action photo of a Thai Boxer sent into me for restoration.
I love restoring most of the photos sent into me but this one goes up on the top shelf. I wasn’t aware that martial art sports were even around at this time, for local people anyway, so this photo is a bit of a surprise.
As you can see the original was in very poor condition with all the creases and fades spotted around. Made worse by the fact that it was a photo-copy but the resulting restoration has done the photo justice I think.
My customer asked for just the B&W to be restored as it’s a picture of her late husband but I can never resist doing freebies for people if I see something better can be done with it. In this case I restored the original, added a fabulous colour splash, then photo manipulated the trainer out. The reason for that was he was placed in a poor position spoiling the overall effect. Taking him out of the photo was a little more difficult than first anticipated so I blended a new wall into the photo which merged in fantastically.
Great result for me, Thai Boxer kicking butt, and all for just £14.00.
Original Thai Boxing photo.
Restored B&W version.
Free Photo Colourising.
Thai Boxer with Photo Manipulation.
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.
Asian family photo restored & colourised.
Not in the best condition, this great Asian family photo sent into me for repair was pretty bad but I got there in the end. Such a difficult photo to restore with just about everything wrong with it that can go wrong. There was creases, pealing, light and dark emanations shouting out for help.
The original photo that you can see below was, as becoming the norm, almost reaching the point of no return. I guess in hot sticky with quickly and dramatic changes in weather you can expect this kind of decay so this could be one of the better preserved photos, who knows.
I quite often start by restoring the worst parts of an image then everything else is plain sailing after that. In this case though I couldn’t really see the picture changing into a great finish like the customer would expect. So I started with all the easy parts then working through to the real bad stuff. Not a great idea as you can encounter areas that simply don’t work out the way you expected and then you have to start over again. Bugger it, I decided the easy route first to encourage me and keep my enthusiasm, fortunately everything worked out ok.
Never having done an Asian family photo before I had reservations about colours working on top of a black and white old photograph. Panic set in but then I thought why should it be any different from others that I have successfully completed. Turned out it was absolutely no different except for the fact that colouring the skin tones was actually easier.
I like the result very much and look forward to doing other similar work. For a very low price of £15.00 my customer was extremely happy and as I always say, that makes me happy too.
Click on the photo to enlarge it and you should see most of the damage on this great 60 year old Asian family photo.
Just in case you can’t see everything I had to restore I have included a magnified portion of the picture depicting one of the young boys. This type of damage was all over most of the photo.
Restoration and Colourising completed.
Great finish and well worth the cost of getting back those memories before it’s too late.
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