A “Re-touch” of Class

Being a photographer is similar to being an IT Professional. When people realized I worked with computers, I was asked to fix them, setup home networks, recommend purchases, etc. When people learned I was into photography, I was asked to photograph events, weddings, etc. I’m also consulted for camera purchases and to provide suggestions to improve people’s photos.  The main difference between the two is I’m a paid IT professional with a college degree and certifications attesting to my knowledge. Photography is a passion of mine and I make no claims of expert insight. I share what I do to keep family and friends informed and to eventually transition my passion into a profit.

A friend asked me to restore an old photograph of her mom with family. I told her I’d see what I could do but I could make no promises. This was the first time I received such a request.  As a photographer, I use several programs to enhance my images or create a different look to them.  Restoring an old photo was a new challenge, but an opportunity to add another dimension to my photographic repertoire.

There were a few things the photo needed. I had to remove scratches and provide color corrections to the image.

After I removed the scratches, the photo still had a rough look that is often associated with noise in today’s digital images. However, removing noise softens the image and the photograph looses detail. Therefore, I manually removed some noise and corrected the color.

I did this within a couple of hours.  I wanted to improve the photo some more.  However, time was of the essence and I had to get it back to her.  The project encouraged me to learn more about editing and retouching old photos.  I have several and I look forward to applying the techniques I learned.

P.S.  I spoke with my friend and she loved the photo.  She made it into a calendar for her mom for Christmas!  As we shop this season, sometimes the best gifts are the old ones we have that only need updating and used in a new way.


Twelve Days in Belgium

I returned to work two days after my trip to Italy.  During my first day at work, my manager asked me if I wanted to go to Belgium.  I agreed to experience another country on my company’s dime.  With that said, a week after returning to work, I was in another country, again.  As I was preparing to leave, I realized that I had not worked more than two full weeks at my job since July!

Architecture at the Grand Place

I arrived at Brussels, Belgium on a cold, rainy, and windy Tuesday late afternoon.  This would be the pattern for the next twelve days in this country.  My hotel, Mercure Mons, is located in the middle of the woods.  The full colors already peaked; yet, I managed to grab a few shots displaying the last bit of color.

Fall Colors

I visit downtown Brussels while it rained.  I went to the famous Atomium and the Grand Place.

Atomium in Brussels

The dreary weather meant I had to rush my shots.  I did notice colorful umbrellas.  I attempted to put people with their umbrellas in various shots.  It did not always work, but it was fun attempting to create a theme within my images.

A rainbow in the rain