Family Photo Restoration…

My Grandpa and Grandma Borsch were at Lake Louise in Banff, Canada back in the 1970’s. I absolutely loved this picture of the two of them near this obelisk, but didn’t have them together in a shot. So I spent a little time in Photoshop and moved Grandpa next to Grandma. This was a bit tricky since their respective reflections were in the orb on top of the obelisk, so I had to clone the reflection too! Though I can see a few places where the photo is manipulated, no one else can.

I’ve invested quite a bit of time restoring my family photos. I’ve been struck over and over again how there is only *one* copy of a given picture and one person has it. So far, I’ve restored roughly 300 photos and have probably another 1,000 to go. Able to crank out 50 photos in an 8 hour shift on a weekend, do the math: I’ve got a ways to go.

I’ve been looking for batch processing capability that wouldn’t cost me an arm-and-leg to get these images scanned at least (I could then restore them at my leisure). I also think about all the people in a similiar situation to me: thousands of priceless family photos on paper, fading and crumbling with time, and a computer just sitting there as a place to manipulate and store them.

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  1. Dave Englund on June 12, 2005 at 2:47 pm

    Was just visiting your site to see different Type pad installations – looks like this post on Family Photo Restoration ( may be what’s pushing your right sidebar content off the screen for those of us running at 800×600. Try putting in a line break () between the second and third photos.


  2. Steve on June 12, 2005 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks Dave. The images are a single image so no page break is feasible (would have to re-do the image as a two or three stack vertically).

    There’s a great debate going on over designing for an 800×600 vs. 1024×768 display resolution. When I laid out my Typepad site, I intentionally did the left and right columns as fixed 200 pixel and the center as “fluid”…knowing that anyone then could dynamically resize and it would fit. Didn’t think about it beyond that since I have *rarely* run in to anyone anymore that still has their monitor set for 800×600 resolution and/or can only resolve that pixel count due to a limitation in their hardware or that’s it’s old.

    With LCD and system resolutions for the past several years resolving a minimum of 1024×768, the Web and User Interface designers I know use that resolution as a baseline for design and barely think about 800×600 anymore — just like they don’t worry about older web browsers so much either.

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Podcasting hit the mainstream in July of 2005 when Apple added podcast show support within iTunes. I'd seen this coming so started podcasting in May of 2005 and kept going until August of 2007. Unfortunately was never 'discovered' by national broadcasters, but made a delightfully large number of connections with people all over the world because of these shows. Click here to view the archive of my podcast posts.