Monday, September 07, 2015
I may have already mentioned that I finally got a new scanner (who has time to remember such things?). After a day of doing my part to build a better America, I went through an old box of previously-scanned slides to see if any of them looked like they might be improved with a new scan. In my opinion, the answer was "yes".
Here's a scan from a photo from the 1950s; it had turned very pink; my first attempt at color-correction (from 2006) was OK... some of the blues and yellows came back a bit, but there was still some overall pink tones, and the contrast was off.
So... here is my attempt at a rescan with new corrections. Same dpi (2400) - it's still not "perfect" but it does look crisper, and you'd hardly know that the original was so very pink. Looking at it as I write this, I still think it could do with a bit more "brightening", but I don't want to overdo it... I want to preserve as much detail in the light areas as I can. While the new scanner's software is nice, I know that my Photoshop skills have improved a lot since 2006, as well. (Is this too much "inside baseball"?)
The details in the photo are fun, particularly this bouquet of lovely young ladies in their dresses. And the Bekins wagon is cool too.
I'm sure I've seen it before, but I sure didn't recall this horse's head on the façade.
I thought I was done, but then I noticed that the window of the apartment above the Firehouse was open... I can't help thinking Walt Disney was up there at that very moment, perhaps enjoying a bowl of chili! Out of all of my Firehouse slides, I have only one other that shows that window open.
It also appears that the bell overhead is being rung, probably by some freckle-faced Quasimodo down below - I'll bet that racket got old in a hurry.
I hope you enjoyed today's rescan!