Friday, January 21, 2011

Gone Fishin'

One of the best parts of today's technology is that it allows me to enhance an original photograph, bringing out details and features so that the story is more clearly told.

In the original 2 x 3" snapshot from about 1945, the young woman displays a remarkable grace even while hauling in her catch of the day.  From what I understand, this was likely the one and only time she ever went fishing.  Her passion, then as well as throughout her life, was art - certainly not fishing.

Using a variety of digital tools, I was able to bounce digital "light" back onto her face, illuminating her features while preserving contrast in the remainder of the scene.  The finished print is 8 x 12, and in it, you can clearly see the little fish, the stripes in her dress, as well as her wonderfully fashionable shoes.

This photograph makes me long for warmer weather.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Florabella Valentine

 She's done it again - and offering such beautiful card templates for FREE!  Florabella:  check it out!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Takin' It To The Streets

It's a cold Sunday. Snow in the forecast.  A few flakes have begun to fall.  Have Cincinnati-style chili simmering.  Decided to convert some of my old vinyl albums to put on my EVO so I would have some fun "walking music".

This particular album is such a wonderful color and with my monitor in the background.....couldn't resist a shot or two.

I used a digital filter to add a bit of simulated Kodak Ektachrome 400 color and grain.  Seemed appropriate considering the era from whence this album originated - 1977.

It is a remake of big band music with (dare I say it) a disco beat.  Should be a good for walking, don't you think?  That is, if I can just resist the urge and avoid "Dancing' In the Streets"  (wonder if we have THAT album in our stash, too....)

All we need is music, sweet music 
There'll be music everywhere
They'll be laughing, singing, music swinging and dancing in the street.