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PhotoImpact functions as a Time machine.....ala Cedge

Often we think of a composite image or photo-collage as a dreamy blended abstract or a bone jarring impressionistic image. The images below are also composites. The technique was used to take an old vintage gas station back in time. Some elements were removed from the original photo with the clone tool, others were imported from old photos, while a few items were created with the path tools. By paying close attention to the way shadows and lighting interplay, this contemporary auto detailing shop, operating in a near derelict building, was returned to what it must have looked like its younger days. Each Thumbnail is linked to a larger version of the image, if you'd like to see a little more of the detail. Beware... no effort was made to shorten load times for these 800 x 600 images.


Original Photo.... May 2003

The original Photo is of an old 1930's built gas station, located on a small main street of a township called "Taylors". The town was once a small but thriving textile mill village, which only remains on any map by virtue of having its own zip code.

I'd been meaning to take photos of the place, but the car clean up shop always had vehicles parked all over the lot, making a clean shot impossible. I had my camera with me one morning when I noticed the place was almost clear of cars. I stopped and asked the 3 amused black men in the photo if I could take a few shots. When I mentioned putting the old place back together on the computer, they got real interested. I promised them a copy of the images shown below.


Composite Image....circa 1953? 

The process began with a lot of time using the clone tool. The power and phone wires were cloned out, being careful to use closely matching portions of the trees and sky. The cars, men and road striping were removed in the same way. The clutter in front of the building took some patience to remove, but alternating between cloning and cutting and pasting portions from other places in the image, things were soon ready to begin the "restoration".

This image has well over 300 separate objects which were painstakingly adjusted for perspective, before being added to the photo. There are a huge number of subtle shadows added where nature would normally put them. The final detail was to bring the 3 men back into the scene and put them to work again.


Composite Sepia Tone Image....circa 1936? 

Most of my "photo restoration" projects tend to run toward bringing an old photo back from the grave and adding color to make it a relatively contemporary image. This image begged to be taken in the opposite direction in time. By duplicating the image and making it monochrome, sepia toning it was as easy as adjusting the quick color icons and adding in some red and green, toned down with a touch of blue.

A blur was applied and a second layer was added in multiply mode, along with a healthy dose of monochrome noise. By adjusting the brightness, contrast and transparency, the image quickly rejoined its intended 1930's time zone.

This project took a little over a week complete, with the majority of the work being done between random attacks from real world obligations.

 

 

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