Bringing Back an Old Favorite
In the last blog entry, I outlined the restoration work I undertook on an old photograph taken in 1966, illustrating a C.O.R.E. protest on Baltimore’s “Block.” I am very grateful for the comments, suggestions, and kind words people provided me on the work, and, in the past week, I did my best to incorporate the suggestions.
Here is the restored photo that appeared in the last blog entry:
In doing more restoration work on the photo, I created layers for each sign, and adjusted the curves so that the lettering would come out. Curve adjustments did a good job in bringing out the lettering in five of the six signs. Unfortunately, for the sign third from the right, curve adjustments only helped slightly. Too much adjustment would distort the photo, while no adjustment at all would just present a mostly blank sign.
I also used the burn tool to bring out more features in the photograph. In the previous photo, the image looks a bit too bright. I used the burn tool delicately to darken the photo a bit, but, in the process, more details became clearer. For example, in the very back of the photo, there is a sign that reads “SIGNS.” It was faintly legible in the previous picture, but it is more prominent now because of the burn tool. Moreover, small white spots became noticeable on the policemen’s pants, enabling me to use the spot healing brush to remove them
Here is the updated version of the restored photo:
Color My World
For me, hand coloring represented one of the more enjoyable, albeit at times tedious, portions of the image assignment. I took a photo of Frank Robinson posed in a batting stance during Spring Training 1966.
Here is the original photo:
Because the original photograph existed in color, I cropped and resized the image, while also removing the palm tree under Robinson’s elbow. I also adjusted the image to remove all colors from the picture.
With a black-and-white image, I set out to hand color the picture. I broke down the picture into multiple layers, from potions of the sky and the uniform to the baseball bat and numbers. Through each layer, I incorporated the brush tool to instill color into the picture. I altered the opacity percentage fifty-three percent, which enables viewers to see the picture’s minute details (i.e. dark rings on the baseball bat).
Here is the hand colored version of the photo:
In working on the Frank Robinson picture, I remembered a suggestion John provided me during the CLIO I days, turning some of the photos into baseball cards. I really liked the idea, and I believed the Frank Robinson picture provided an opportune time to create a baseball card. Consequently, I used the image canvas to create a frame, establishing a width of 0.12 inches and a height of 1.12 inches. You can find the baseball card below.
As always, I welcome and appreciate all your comments!
I commented on David’s entry, Photoshop for history.