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Sun Nov 14, 2021, 03:45 PM

Evolution of a family heirloom

Obviously, I didn't take this photograph, but I want to share it with those I believe can really appreciate it. Photographs are as close to a time machine as we have. I can't count the hours spent bringing it to life. The original is a 2.75in x 4.5in negative taken by my mother or father of my older brother, by 12 years, (RIP dear brother) in about 1942 or 1943. He is standing on my dad's new Southern Bell telephone truck. The first photo is the raw scan, the second is the processed b/w, and just today......I colorized it. I really hope you enjoy it.





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Reply Evolution of a family heirloom (Original post)
HAB911 Nov 2021 OP
Glorfindel Nov 2021 #1
MLAA Nov 2021 #2
HAB911 Nov 2021 #22
wendyb-NC Nov 2021 #3
Cracklin Charlie Nov 2021 #4
Heartstrings Nov 2021 #5
AndyS Nov 2021 #6
brer cat Nov 2021 #7
Callalily Nov 2021 #8
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2021 #9
StopTheNeoCons Nov 2021 #10
patphil Nov 2021 #11
BHDem53 Nov 2021 #17
HAB911 Nov 2021 #23
Grumpy Old Guy Nov 2021 #33
HAB911 Nov 2021 #34
George II Nov 2021 #12
HAB911 Nov 2021 #29
George II Nov 2021 #30
Grumpy Old Guy Nov 2021 #13
alfredo Nov 2021 #20
Grumpy Old Guy Nov 2021 #21
HAB911 Nov 2021 #24
Grumpy Old Guy Nov 2021 #26
Grumpy Old Guy Nov 2021 #27
HAB911 Nov 2021 #28
Grumpy Old Guy Nov 2021 #32
alfredo Nov 2021 #36
Grumpy Old Guy Nov 2021 #37
alfredo Nov 2021 #38
TNNurse Nov 2021 #14
HAB911 Nov 2021 #25
SergeStorms Nov 2021 #15
PatrickforB Nov 2021 #16
reACTIONary Nov 2021 #18
alfredo Nov 2021 #19
HAB911 Nov 2021 #31
alfredo Nov 2021 #35

Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 03:50 PM

1. Excellent

Thanks for sharing, HAB911.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 03:51 PM

2. Super cool! Was it taken in Rural Florida?

My parents grew up in North Florida and I visited there many times and always got sand in my shoes! The roads were dirt roads until the mid 70s if I remember right.

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Response to MLAA (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 08:15 PM

22. That was taken near Athens Georgia

and thanks, it has been a project of love

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 03:59 PM

3. Excellent work

You have brought the past to life. That's a mesmerizing photo. Thanks, for sharing the picture and how you made that forgotten memory back to life.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 04:05 PM

4. Love brother's bibs!

Handsome little feller.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 04:10 PM

5. Way cool!

What a treasure!

Beautiful!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 04:18 PM

6. Well done!

Much better than Ted Turner!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 04:28 PM

7. Nice work!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 04:51 PM

8. You did a wonder job!

We should all cherish and preserve family photos. They tell such wonderful stories and bring back such wonderful memories.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 05:04 PM

9. This is just wonderful, my dear HAB! What a great memory. ♥

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 05:11 PM

10. Beautiful work!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 05:21 PM

11. What make is the truck?

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Response to patphil (Reply #11)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 06:42 PM

17. Ford.

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Response to patphil (Reply #11)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 08:18 PM

23. yes, probably a '42 Ford

just before he went into the Navy as a SeaBee, telephone communications of course and eventually served on a PT boat base in New Guinea

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #23)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 11:28 AM

33. My uncle served on P.T. boats in the South Pacific.

He had two boats shot out from beneath him.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #33)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 11:49 AM

34. Old Chinese proverb

"Nut not fall far from tree"

As Seabees worked somewhat outside of normal channels, he came back with a mahogany chest full of photographs and contraband I spent a year on the DMZ and came back with a load of photos myself. The commonality of the two sets is astounding. The Army however took all my contraband, lol.

Here are a couple of my very first consciously taken as a "photographer" while in Korea, and I have hundreds.


https://www.democraticunderground.com/103678326

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 05:43 PM

12. Looks like a Bell Telephone or AT&T trunk?

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Response to George II (Reply #12)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 06:59 AM

29. Yes, Bell System

you can see the WWII gas ration sticker on the windshield, just before he went into the Navy '42 or '43

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #29)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 08:04 AM

30. An interesting piece of trivia that many people don't know about - gas wasn't rationed because....

....there was a shortage of gasoline. It was rationed because there was a shortage of rubber for tires and it was needed for the military.

Probably the only useful thing to come out of WWII was the development of synthetic rubber.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 05:47 PM

13. Nice job!

Back in the day, before instamatics, amateur cameras used roll film with decent sized negatives. Unfortunately, they were often "box cameras" with no control over the settings. We often got contact prints back from the photoprocessor.

Nice job on the colorization. Did you try a version with perhaps a little more saturation?

Grumpy

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #13)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 07:33 PM

20. The cool cast "ages" the image.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #20)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 08:01 PM

21. That's true.

👍👍👍

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #13)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 08:20 PM

24. funny you should ask

I deliberately dialed down the saturation, knowing that some would not like the very idea of colorization, to give it just a touch of age

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #24)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 09:27 PM

26. LOL! The heck with those people.

One of the things that I hate about colorization is that it usually looks so pallid. The world didn't really look like that. Nature is a colorful place. We have Kodachrome, Technicolor and other color processes from those days, and the colors were saturated. I say go for it.

Just my humble opinion.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #26)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 09:36 PM

27. What do you think?

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #27)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 06:54 AM

28. LOL, yes that is good

reminds me of Technicolor, like it was just taken yesterday!

I will probably offer the family several versions for mounting/framing. There are at least seven b/w copies in the family, the largest is around ~16x20, but I plan on this guy going to full frame at 17x30, maybe bigger, most likely on aluminum.

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #28)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 11:24 AM

32. It's nice that you're able to do that for the family.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #27)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 07:42 PM

36. I like what you did. You added a bit of a warm cast?

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Response to alfredo (Reply #36)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 07:53 PM

37. Thanks.

I just added a little bit of overall saturation to the entire image. I was careful to bring out some of the green in the foliage without going too far to the little boy's flesh tones. It was just a quick edit on my phone in Snapseed. If I was going to do a more serious edit I would apply some correction to the truck too, while still protecting the little boy's face, maybe just adding a little warmth there.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #37)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 09:03 PM

38. It's fine as is.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 05:51 PM

14. Nicely done, old friend.

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Response to TNNurse (Reply #14)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 08:23 PM

25. thanks, you know how I love photography!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 06:23 PM

15. A moment in time...

preserved forever.

Love your progression of photo processing.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 06:36 PM

16. Really well done!!!

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 06:45 PM

18. Great! Fantastic! nt

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 14, 2021, 07:01 PM

19. You did a great job restoring that picture.

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Response to alfredo (Reply #19)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 08:11 AM

31. thank you

it was a real labor of love

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #31)

Mon Nov 15, 2021, 07:40 PM

35. Restoring family photos is a labor of love

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