Roy and Julie saw me about having three holiday photos printed onto canvas. They’d been to Queenstown and were keen to to have these photos done. I suggested they have the photos cropped to remove a lot of building clutter to give more emphasis on the scenery.
Just making some cropping adjustments can make a real difference. Ross and Julie were thrilled with the end results.
Altering the sky to blue made the photo more appealing
David from LJ Hooker contacted me about changing the sky colour of a house up for sale. With a lot of bush background detail to preserve, the sky was changed to blue, making the photo more appealing. And the house sold not too long after!
Jo called in with this photo to print onto canvas. It’s a scene of her son looking at a mountain view in Northern Japan. The photo was a panorama stitching of three photos, joined in-camera. It came out with the black mark in the sky and the right side of the photo slightly out of alignment.
I removed the artifacts, fixed the alignment, then gave it some colour enhancements. This produced a lovely 760 x 230mm mounted canvas, with black border surround.
Christine was so impressed with the pet lamb reproduction (see previous blog post) she called back a few days later with this photo to be put onto canvas. It’s a picture of her son, Cam, with two Marlin. Nothing special you might think? Not quite. He actually caught the two fish on his own – as in he was fishing on his own, hence no photo of the boat skipper – he was it!
All Christine had to work with was a small 6 x 4 photo, with another image that showed the weigh in blackboards with more clarity. I blended in the two photos, enhance the image and made a 12x18in canvas print.
Fishing information: Weighed at Whangarei deep sea anglers club, Tutukaka, Skipper was Cam, both striped Marlin, weighing from left, 129.4Kg and 106.4 Kg, 24 Kg tackle on the boat Wetta, caught on 24/10/2010. Well done Cam!
Eric Hoyle, operations manager for Cable Price NZ Ltd, Whangarei, sent me this photo of this large digger and truck. The digger is a Hitachi EX3600-6, the truck a Scania R620. The digger weighs 369 tonnes empty and makes the truck look like a toy.
This photo was taken by one of Cable Price’s sales rep at the MaCraes Gold Mine north of Dunedin. Eric wanted four large sized prints made (840 x 580mm). The original photo was angled, so I straightened it and filled in any missing pieces on the edges. The photo prints looked stunning.
Alf came to see me about having a proper panoramic photo made of the view from his house. Situated in Ngunguru, Northland, New Zealand, Alf had taken a series of photos and taken the best of them and hand joined them togther. With mismatching colours, large tape joins and generally looking a mess, Alf wanted a nice large clean panorama photo print.
Alf had taken his photos with a film camera, and still had the negatives. Using my wonderful Nikon 9000 slide and negative scanner, I was able to produce large detailed images, and join them together to produce an 820mm wide print. The difference between the before and after prints was night and day. Colours were better and all the marks in the sky had been removed. Alf was thrilled with the end result.
It’s not what you think! Not a domestic dispute ending with the bride being removed. Laurel called in about having a photo of her husband in his army uniform on his own. He had passed away 17 years ago, and Laurel was getting his army medals mounted with a picture of him going with the medals.
Laurel wanted a simple photo where her husband was standing with a plain background behind him. I removed the bridal image, filled in the missing parts of the image and added in a simple graduating background. Laurel was extremely happy with the final result.
Claire contacted me about getting a quality panorama canvas print done of the top picture seen here, taken in the Bay of Islands. She’s taken a panoramic scene with her camera, with the camera then building the view. Unfortunately it didn’t do a good job. The middle was missing part of the image and the right side had a curvature to the ocean. It didn’t look good, but this was the one Claire liked the most of all the panorama photos she’d taken.
Using the 2nd panorama image shown I was able to use it to fill in the missing portions. After further enhancing, the image at the bottom was produced – quite a tricky job to get right. This was printed and mounted onto a 300mm x 1000mm frame. Claire loved the final look and is giving it to her mother as a birthday present.
Ian came to see me about printing a large panorama of his home town in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. He had a series of photos to join together to make one long panorama print. However, as we discovered there were a few gaps in the photo, so it couldn’t be easily stitched together.
With the gaps there, I was able to hand fill in the missing pieces to give one complete image. The final photo panorama print was 141cm x 25cm in dimensions printed on matt paper.
Shelley called me about having the woman from this photo removed. The photo was of a couple and their children taken over 10 years ago. Since then the man and his wife had split up. Shelley thought the photo of just the father and 2 kids would make a great gift. The hardest part of doing these sorts of jobs is making the changes look seamless, a person should be able to look at the photo and not notice anything out of the ordinary.
The difficult part of this one was redoing the man’s face where his wife had previously been leaning against. This was rebuilt along with the shirt. The boy was shifted over with shadow detail added. The man’s fingers had to be fixed where he had been holding his wife’s hand. The hand holding the boy on the back was lowered slightly to reflect the boy was closer to his father. Finally the background was added in to fill in where the boy had been previously. All in all a very difficult job to get exactly right, but Shelley thought the final result looked great. It was printed to a 500mm x 600mm size.