July 27, 2015 § 14 Comments
I was remodeling my studio last week when I came across a box of old negatives. There were some that I have no idea why I saved them, but I did find some real treasures. I found a couple of envelopes containing some old black & white negatives of my grandfather. One of the images was something I had an old scan of and I did reproduce it before, but the rest were lost and all but forgotten until this past week. My grandfather died at 97, and I believe these were taken during the last one or two years of his life…I think. I probably shot these around 35-40 years ago. My scanner broke, so I laid these down on a light table, shot them with my macro lens, uploaded them into Photoshop, clicked on Image>Adjustments>Invert, and had my image…sort of. It took a lot of work using curves, levels, Topaz, and OnOne’s Perfect Photosuite 9 to get these to look like they do here, but I now have them digitally reproduced. They were shot in his old kitchen with not very good lighting, so I brought out the drama in post processing. The picture of me with my grandfather was shot by my mother…that is when she wasn’t explaining to him in Hungarian, what the hell I was doing there! Somehow, my mom couldn’t get a picture of both of us in focus at the same time…if grandpa was in focus, I wasn’t and vice versa. I took one shot of him in focus and one with me in focus and blended them together. Thanks for taking this trip with me down memory lane!