Thursday, February 28, 2013

Vintage...

Bonnie's challenge this week for Photo Art Friday was the word 'vintage'.  Well, after the fabulous gift I recently received there is no shortage of wonderful images to play with for this challenge!

Mouse over photo to see the 'before' image.
I chose this photo of my Dad.  It's funny to see a cigarette in his hand. He quit smoking when I was a baby so I have no memory of him as a smoker.

As you can see when you mouse over to see the original image, I cropped it to bring my father closer.  While still in Lightroom, I created a sepia version of the image.  I then took both the original cropped image and the sepia version into Photoshop Elements when I layer the sepia one over the other.  I kept it at 'normal' blend mode, but reduced the opacity to about 65% to allow some of the original colour to come back.

I know any snapshots from back then would have had a white frame around them, something that of course is missing from the digitized slides, so I brought in a vintage frame that I have in my files (sorry, I can't remember where it's from, but you'll be able to find lots such things by Googling it). I placed the photo into the frame and called it done!

Update:  I Googled 'free vintage frames for photoshop' and found this frame with the old vintage corners and the scalloped edge at this site.  There are so many wonderful 'freebies' out there! How cool is that!


42 comments:

  1. Too, too excellent! You're taking good care of your treasure! :)

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    1. Thanks Anna. I'm really having a good time with them.

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  2. Love this photo that you did of your dad and the vintage frame is perfect with it. Thanks for sharing about that!

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    1. Thanks Jeanne. It's a lot of fun playing with these wonderful old images.

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  3. o, this shot is soo much the 50:s. I love it. :)

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    1. Thanks. And yes, this would have been taking in around 1958 or 59.

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  4. Oh my goodness, this is so vintage and I just love it! Brings back so many wonderful memories of looking through boxes of photos just like this!

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    1. Thanks Kim. You can imagine how much fun I'm having with all of these fabulous images thanks to my amazing brother!

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  5. Must feel great to edit this photo to really highlight your Father. Love the scalloped edges and corners!

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    1. Thanks Bonnie. Yes, It is fabulous to be able to enhance these old images.

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  6. This is a wonderful edit. I will have to looking for frames, the last one is awesome.

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    1. Thank you. There are lots of great freebies available out there.

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  7. I like the way you edited it.
    Thanks.
    Mormor Norway

    http://www.starbear.no/mormor/2013/02/28/photo-art-friday-march-1st-2nd/

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  8. How wonderful that you took a vintage photo and made it more vintage. Very cool. Valerie

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  9. This is so lovely, well done and what a fabulous box of treasure you received. I looked at the post about your parcel, the pictures and your treatment of them is just gorgeous. I had to smile when I read that you prayed for a boy when you were pregnant because thats exactly what I did and felt but never told anyone and here I am reading your exact same thoughts! I also have 5 brothers but all younger than me!

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    1. Thank Miriam. That's funny that you thought the same way when you were pregnant. I guess with all those brothers it's just easier to relate to boys! I guess as the big sister you must have been busy helping to keep all these guys in line. LOL

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  10. I have a picture of my dad in the exact same pose - must have been typical pose for men in that time. Nice processing job!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie. I remember seeing Dick Van Dyke in that pose on his show way back when. I guess it was 'the pose' of the time. :o)

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  11. I love it in sepia and I love a lot of books !!!

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    1. Thank you. I'd sure love to have those books today!

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    2. my bookshelves still look like this one (the only problem is there are too many books and no space and I feel that nobody will be intrested in my books when time comes...)

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    3. How wonderful for you. It is sad that others don't always appreciate the treasure we have collected.

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  12. this is wonderfully done, Linda, and truly a treasure. I'm loving the wee television and the fact there is more book space than tv space!! I am sure that somewhere there are photos like this of my dad. hard to imagine that a photograph of sometime in my own very early Life would Now BE vintage!!

    I love what this photo and your post make/let me think about just Now. that is what I especially enJOY on my Fridays, going through the PAF posts. it is like a gathering of friends and your stories inspire my own rememberings.

    xoxo

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    1. Thanks Currie. So true what you say about the enjoyment of visiting other blogs and sharing stories. 'sigh' :o)

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  13. What a great way to showcase these family treasures. I love the Vintage frame and the tones you used really gave the photo that extra special touch. Gotta love that TV in the photo too!

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    1. Thanks Ida. I had a great start on the 'vintage' theme with this photo. LOL

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  14. Well, this depicts VINTAGE beautifully! And I think we had that TV!!!

    So fun to remember our families!

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    1. Thanks. It sure is easy when you've got a vintage photo to start with. And yes, isn't that TV a hoot!

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  15. Such memories your image brings up . . . our living room had similar furnishings. Great editing and thanks for the tips on free vintage frames.

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    1. Thanks Andrea. It's great to revisit all those wonderful old memories...or in this case, see what came before me since this was a couple of years before I was born.

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  16. You will spend lots of time doing this if you have more old photos...I've done some without photoshop, have never posted them, but will...this was the perfect opportunity for you to post it..it's amazing what you did!

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    1. Thanks Katy. Yes I'm sure I will. It's so great to have all of these wonderful old images digitized!

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  17. What a priceless photo! I love the the process and the last pic of the little added corners, I so remember those in the old photo albums. Thanks for sharing.

    Capture life,
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks Kathy. Since I've got digitized slides, they're missing the classic scalloped frames and photo corners, so it's fun to be able to add them back in.

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  18. You completely transformed the photo in a wonderful way - I love it!

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    1. Thanks Sherri. I'm really enjoying these new found treasures!

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