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Moody Mississippi River

The moody Mississippi River photographed in Memphis, Tennessee 1959. Old car, set against gritty railway tracks, grey sky and murky water, its a not a pretty scene, but all the richer in atmosphere as a result.

Tone and texture is everything in this image. I smoothed the sky and roughed up the tracks. The car is in its original color.

Before and after. Click for big.

 

Posted by on October 31, 2012 in America, Old cars, River

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Fifties Trucks

Commercial vehicles on First Avenue NYC 1959. Those fifties trucks and delivery vans were so dinky. Cannys Transport doesn’t exist in the USA anymore. They do in Australia, so I wonder if Mr Canny moved to Victoria?

Many times with old slides the sky has blown out to a pale color and all the dirt shows up worst there. A sky job is usually necessary to smooth it out and add back the color.

Before and after. Click for big.

 

Posted by on October 29, 2012 in America, City street, Old cars

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Joburg Streets by Night

This takes me back to exciting South African radio programs like Squad Cars. In Joburg by night, the 1970’s ‘Skelms’ were up to no good. Speeding down the boulevard, in their black getaway cars with the chrome reflecting the patriotic Christmas lights  above.

This was a particularly forgiving specimen. The night scene shaped up beautifully.

Before and after. Click for big.

 

Posted by on October 19, 2012 in City street, Night scene, Old cars, South Africa

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Mexico City

This is Mexico City 1971. My favourite feature is the bashed up red car. It reminds me of something I once saw in a junk shop in Kalk Bay. A collection of bent, burnt and totally messed up model cars was for sale at a fairly high price. Whatever makes people value messed up stuff from the past, is what makes me love this slide.

I had to deal with the shadow side of the street being quite dark and all the warm tones being squeezed into a slice on the left hand side, while the sky was blown out to white. All could be fixed, but primary importance was given to my best car!

Before and after. Click for big.

 

Posted by on October 19, 2012 in America, City street, Old cars

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Village Life

Village street, somewhere in England 1966. I am struck by the woman in the front, the way she’s hopping on that bike in one practiced movement, wearing neat white, heeled pumps.

This was quite a bit of work, but well worth it. The main job was to lighten the big shadow in the foreground, clean up dust and scratches and pop out the colours. Pink and green together is a winner, especially set against warm browns and greys.

Before and after. Click for big.

 

Road Trip

A road trip in 1962. I’m fascinated by the simplicity of the times suggested by such a small amount of luggage, the plain and simple suitcases, and the happy, relaxed feel of it all.

A little color and tone correction, smoothing of the sky, adding a vignette and she’s good to go!

Before and after. Click for big.

 

 

 

Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Children, Old cars, People, Road trip

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Main Street Colorado

Main Street, Central City, Colorado 1962. In rare cases detailed information such as this is written on the frame. The old cardboard mounts used by Kodak helped to facilitate this better than plastic. Imagining that this place had radically changed I Googled it but to my surprise, other than the cars on the street, it hasn’t changed much. In the fifties and sixties this Victorian street was already a tourist attraction and the buildings have been preserved much as you see them here.

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Posted by on October 9, 2012 in America, Old cars, Traditional architecture

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Tourbus

Classic late fifties culture set against the timeless, unchanging scene of a dramatic stone stairway and columned facade. This makes the cars and bus look even more exciting when viewed from present times. An interesting detail to note is that all the men are wearing mint green tops with cream trousers. I guess it was the fashion that year.


Colour and tone corrections really brought out the reds and greens in this image.

Before and after – click for big.

 

Posted by on October 9, 2012 in America, Old cars, Traditional architecture

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A City Square Somewhere

A classic, well laid out city square, located I suspect, somewhere in South Africa. An interesting detail is the flower wreaths below the monument. Had an important date recently passed?

City-Square-Smooth

After some improvements to the original image, I recolored and smoothed it.

Original:

 

 

Posted by on October 9, 2012 in City square, Old cars, South Africa

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