Father’s day competition

Father’s day competition June 2014

I‘m running a Father’s day competition to help you win a fabulous free prize from the one and only, me 😉
All you have to do is make up a caption for the photo below of those adorable monkeys. Message me with your idea for the caption and the best one will be picked out a week before Father’s day. The winner can choose pretty much anything from a Photo colourising to a creation of your own. If there are similar captions sent in and they happen to be the best, I’ll randomly pick the winner out of a hat. The winning caption will be posted here and also on my Facebook page on the 2nd June 2014. The winners business page will also be linked if they have one.
The thumbnails below the monkey photo are examples of what you could choose as your free prize, so if you think it’s worth it, get your thinking caps on and send in your idea.

Father's day competition, just make up a caption and message me with it.

The original photo was something that simply caught my eye and begged for some photo manipulation.
I added the umbrella, more contrast then brought out the colours a little more. Rain was then added but carefully softening it on mum and baby. Poor dad had to suffer the full storm.
The more I look at it the more natural it looks. Maybe monkeys really do this out in the wild, who knows.







These are just a few ideas for you to choose from if you win. If you are not the lucky one, have a look around anyway because most of my work costs as little as £5 – £10. Only the more difficult ones will be a little more expensive.

Photo restoration                 Photo Colourising                Photo Fun & Fantasy

Restoration of Elsworth football team photo.          Royton Ginnel Gang Spring Garden St.              paint pot head1

Photo Manipulation                 Photo Montage                Photo Enhancement

fantasy wedding photo manipulation with a touch of romance.          Free Wedding photo montage in Berkshire          desaturation 1



Elsworth Rovers 1929

Elsworth Rovers football team 1929

This is the Elsworth Rovers football team (Cambridgeshire) of 1929-1930 after winning the Histon and District cup. Elsworth is a small town sited between Cambridge and Huntingdon and quite picturesque if you care to visit the area.  The photo was sent into me for restoration and was in very poor condition as you can see below. I suspect the picture was actually a mobile phone snap of the original taken in poor light which resulted in it being blurred. If you aren’t aware, blurring can not be restored no matter how good you are so I had a look around the net to see if there was anything else I could use. Surprisingly I found one straight away but it was from a local chronicle which obviously had copyright affixed to it. After merging the two photos copyright has no sway with ownership so both pictures helped to get the restoration looking really good.

Helston Rovers football team 1929The original photo of Elsworth Rovers football team winning the Histon & district cup in 1929-30.
Just click the photo to enlarge and you will see how bad it was and definitely needed the inclusion of the one I found within the archives of the Elsworth Chronicle.
You may ask why bother with this blurred one when the chronicle one was a much better quality. The answer is pretty simple in that you can’t use copyrighted material without permission. I discovered it was also embedded copyright so using both photos was not just necessary but also very useful when looking for reference points during repair. There was quite a lot of damage on the chronicle photo with things like inclusions and general dust and scratches therefore putting them together gave me that perfect result.

Restoration of Elsworth football team photo.The restoration.
If you enlarge this photo you will see how great the photo restoration turned out. I managed to sharpen it up somewhat from the chronicle photo and then performed all the repairs that were required. I put more contrast in to give it some much needed depth of field and added a few more touches to totally enhance the photo.
This is the names of the team line-up in 1929:
Back row – J W Throssell, S Braybrook, H Noble, W Sulman, T Fountain, W Parnell, C Tabraham, M Fisher, F Wayman.
Middle row – S Buckley, J Parnell, L Jessop, D Circus, B Wayman.
Front row – P Childerley, C Lambert.

Elsworth Rovers 1929 - 1930 in full colourThe final product.
Unfortunately my research did not find what colours Elsworth Rovers played in, though I’m quite familiar with shades on B&W photos so I decided on Gold and Black.
I doubt they were the actual colours but the team looks damn good to me and the customer so they are staying like this for the history books.
If you know what the colours really were, drop me a line and I’ll change them if they aren’t too drab 🙂

Family photo restoration

Family photo restoration 1970’s

They say no pain no gain. Never thought of that saying relating to restoring a photograph but I sure do now.
I had a visit from two lovely ladies who presented this photo to me asking if I could repair it. At first glance it looked moderately simple though on closer inspection it looked a bit of a nightmare. Many strange marks developed after apparently being under glass for perhaps 30 years or more. Looking at the marks I suspect they were caused by frequently cleaning the photo frame which may have moved the picture slightly over time.
family photo restoration showing damage and scan lines.


The damage was exacerbated when I scanned it in. It wasn’t possible to remove it from the cardboard backing which meant the scanner light created reflections all over the photo. So I had to dig into my bag of tricks and pull out a great macro that I’ve had for a while now.
It worked very well getting rid of all the reflections and also some of the small lighter marks.


The arms and legs on this family photo restoration presented a real task for me but with lots of patience, care and attention, I was able to clear most of it away.
Stains and scratches are pretty simple for me to erase yet marks like these in the photo took a lot more time.


Family photo restoration fully complete and ready for colourising.


Family photo restoration complete.
This is the end result, very much liked and appreciated by my customer which is the most important thing.
All it needs now is some colour. I love to add a little colour if the photo begs for it and this one screamed at me for that little extra touch.





So the family photo restoration is now complete and looking much more happy with the added colour. Looks great to me so I hope you readers like it too.