Category Archives: Harbour

A Fishing Family

Usually vernacular slide photography is all birthday parties, travel and glamour so a collection of pics taken locally in SA by a fishing family is something different. This group of snapshots were dirty and blurry but the grit seemed to go with the subject and I like how they look with an added dry texture. The snapshot quality and rough composition of the originals (which I have kept) are wonderful as little paintings.


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Posted by on July 9, 2016 in Boats, Close-ups, Harbour

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Men on a Quay

Men wait on a harbour quay somewhere in 1963.

A radical straightening was needed, then recoloring and sharpening. I find that many seaside and harbor snapshots, with a lot of blue in them, turn quite magenta over time. Recoloring brings them back to life.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Boats, Europe, Harbour, Modes of transport

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Romantic Mykonos

So many holiday resorts have tried – and failed – to mimic this magic. Its a Mykonos sunset, in Greece 1964.

This was a delicious job getting the color just right.

Before and after. Click for big.


Simonstown Harbour Scene

Simonstown harbor in 1960. I love the flags – half transparent and whipping in the Cape wind. What a funny collection of men on that small fishing boat. This image appeals to my sea- and South Peninsula loving heart!

I deepened the sky, bringing back its moodiness, and brightened up the flags. I decided not to crop the half-man or to remove the signboard in the foreground – I like the odd but balancing effect they have.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on December 2, 2012 in Boats, Harbour, South Africa

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Kalk Bay Not So Different

I came across this slide of Kalk Bay taken in 1964. Nearly 50 years later, not much has changed in this view from Boyes Drive. After some scrutiny I can point out that the big palm trees we see today were not yet planted, there are fewer chimneys now (they must’ve been removed), fewer buildings at the harbor and a different style of shelter on the station platform. I guess that’s the charm of Kalk Bay and the reason so many flock there on weekends; its still full of history.

The image needed a lot of contrast on the buildings to bring it to life.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on December 2, 2012 in Harbour, South Africa

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Working Harbor

Back in the day, before harbors become amusement parks and shopping areas, this 1966 scene was more common. Rough and ready, working harbors were a real adventure to explore.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on November 27, 2012 in Boats, Harbour

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Boating in the Gulf of Naples

These leisure and sailing boats are clustered in a small, traditional harbor on the Gulf of Naples, Italy in 1966. In the background is the ‘Transatlantico Ristorante’, which still exists, although it was undoubtedly more romantic in this era than the generic, whitewashed place it has turned into now.

Recoloring of this image was necessary to remove the purple and blue tints left by time. I hope I recaptured the warmth and romanceof the day.

Before and after. Click for big.


Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Boats, Europe, Harbour, Hotel

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