Old Photo Restoration

27 09 2013

About once a year or so I get asked to restore an old photo(s). These are typically precious family heirlooms, with only one copy. One was a very large, extremely high resolution 8×20 print. They often have scratches, folds, discoloration, fading, and sometimes even parts (like people’s heads!) missing. In this case the set shown at the beginning of this video were third or fourth generation reproductions, with film negatives or prints only 1.5 inches square. I was able to print them 13×16 for 9×12 canvases. Check out the video. The gallery is here: http://galleries.zinchuk.ca/Retouch/Marg-Neitling/

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Making an 8 foot by 2 foot canvas

4 07 2013

Bett Drilling 8ft canvas-2

I am in the process of making not one, but two, 8 x 2 foot canvases for some very special clients. Each will hang on the wall of their offices, and will not be missed.

This one is for Betts Drilling, of Carnduff. The shots are from Betts Rig 1, when it was on its first hole.

The first thing was the construction of the frame – a reinforced kiln-dried fir frame that should not warp. You can’t just use cheap spruce and hope for the best.

Next was editing. This print is 100 inches wide – wide enough to wrap around the 96 inch frame. Since it will be close enough for people to walk up to, it was printed at 200 dpi. That necessitated a 20,000 pixel wide image – which is, coincidentally, the largest image Photoshop can handle. (Bet you didn’t know that, did ya?)

The image is a collage of four images. Each had to be upsized, some as much as 320%, to match the resolution of the final output. Even four 12 megapixel photos need a boost when printing this large. They were shot before I got my Nikon D4, which is 16 megapixels. I am now understanding why Nikon put out the 36 megapixel D800. My next camera will have that sort of resolution for exactly this reason.

 36 inch wide canvas (29 inches printed) wide coming off the 44 inch Epson 9900 wide-format printer.

36 inch wide canvas (29 inches printed) wide coming off the 44 inch Epson 9900 wide-format printer.

Here you see the print coming off the massive, love-seat sized, 360 pound printer in my basement.

After some drying, it was time to apply the laminate.

Spraying not one, but two cans of museum-quality archival laminate onto the canvas in the garage. It sure dries a lot faster in this weather than at Christmas time.

Spraying not one, but two cans of museum-quality archival laminate onto the canvas in the garage. It sure dries a lot faster in this weather than at Christmas time.

 

And once again, more drying.

The metre stick provides perspective. This is drying after the archival laminate is applied.

The metre stick provides perspective. This is drying after the archival laminate is applied.

Next step, mounting tomorrow evening.

 





Jeremy Godfrey Grad

25 06 2013
SAFE!

SAFE!

I only had two grads this year. This is the second. I love the Godfrey family. Wendy was my daughter’s Brownies instructor. Robert’s Number News is amazing journalism for a 15 year old guy who decided to buy a camera one day. Mike coaches football, and they have bought several football photos off me in the past. Finally Jeremy, our grad here, was named Estevan’s male athlete of the year. We had to schedule the shoot during the week because he had a hockey tournament on the weekend. He also plays baseball and football.

At the end of the shoot, I pointed out, “We don’t really have any normal shots.”
Wendy said, “We’re not normal!”

On that note, I had to do a second version of the slide show. Let’s just say it has something to do with what he’s wearing.

You are able to find the full gallery here.





Turnbull Redi-Mix

9 06 2013

I haven’t been posting for a while, not because I had nothing to post, but rather, I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had time. Sleep? What’s that?

This is a shoot that was done this spring for Turnbull Redi-Mix and Turnbull Excavating. It was the grand opening of Turnbull’s new redi-mix plant. The company has grown so much over they years, they keep moving to larger locations. This one, on the east side of Estevan, should do for quite a while.

Here’s the video slideshow:


It can also be viewed on YouTube here.

The full gallery can be found here.





Sports Illustrated Photographers

12 03 2012

I’ve done a lot of sports photography over the years, and this is one of the best videos I’ve seen talking about it. Of course, it’s got the best photogs in the business explaining it. Check it out.

http://youtu.be/ZHrtmPAONbc

 





Got a nice email from Nikon today

18 01 2012

Today I received my notice from Nikon Professional Service today regarding their new D4 camera, announced Jan. 6:

“Priority delivery on new, and sometimes hard-to-get products, is one of the benefits of being an NPS member. As Nikon approaches the delivery date for the exciting new D4 FX-Format Digital SLR Camera, we would like to offer you expedited delivery through your favourite Canadian authorized dealer.”

Orders will be filled in the order requests are recieved. I had my request in within 10 minutes of getting the email, after I confirmed the order with Dons Photo in Regina. They had already written me down for one last August.

This is the primary reason why I wanted to get my Nikon Professional Service membership. It would give me first dibs on the new D4 when it came out.

The things the D4 can do will really open up new horizons. It can do things I would have never even dreamed of eight years ago, when I got my first digital camera. I can’t wait. Delivery is expected the second half of February.

Check it out here:





Hazards of being a photographer

1 12 2011

Check out this list of hazards National Geographic photographers have compiled of scary things they have encountered while working.

Of this list, I have personally had two cameras stolen (but not robbed, per se), beaten (by a cop during the 1993 Saskatoon Blue Jays World series riot), been tear-gassed (during the same riot), threatened with arrest several times, including a few weeks ago, and run one police checkpoint (or rather, dodged it).  Never a dull moment.








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