My friend Kyle Chedzoy, owner of Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home in Watkins Glen, NY called the other day, and said how cool it would be if I could "update" a photo of his Dad from some years ago, so that the two photos could look like they were taken at the same time.
I thought, "That sounds like fun!", and happily told him I would be happy to do the project.
The photo to the right is Kyle, a wonderful man, husband, father and business owner.
He is, exactly as he looks, friendly, competent and caring.
What I forgot was to take into account the photographers' primary failing, to ALWAYS underestimate the complexity of the project.
I had, silly me, expected to receive a scanned image - probably from a photograph removed lovingly from a frame, and in as pristine a condition as it was when originally created.
I did receive a scanned image in a huge digital file, but pristine it was not.
I have many piles like that - they usually come about when we are having friends over, and that stack of mail, papers, envelopes, books etc just needs to go somewhere out of sight. Of course they resurface six to eight months later, then have to be dealt with again, and as often as not promptly disappear into the abyss once more...
So here is the photo.
Where to begin?
The first step was to remove any part of the image that did not need restoration.
Crop out the bottom and change the background to an approximation of the same gray that is behind Kyle.
Most of the "cleaning up" was done in Adobe Photoshop CS5 with help from Portrait Professional and Lightroom with Kevin Kubota's presets.
Time to complete the project? Just about 2 hours.
Details of the process can be requested by emailing me.
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