Here is a shot from Woody Gal BEFORE we had a chance to clean it up
WOW, what a fun week. And the pictures that were burred in drawers and special places are amazing. In some cases though, the photos had experienced a rough life or worse, time and film technology had deeply yellowed or changed the color. So as part of the story we tried to bring back to life your shots.
After being cleaned up and color corrected. NOW, we do love the age and patina on old shots. But its a fun exersize for digital purposes to restore the shot to recall what it was like when first shot
Its actually simpler than one might think. We would get a scan in and do a couple tricks in color correction. Add blue, take out yellow. And BAM some of the shots would pop back into place. In some cases lost information would be found. Also some shots would be to dark, or copied to many times, so we would brighten the shot and or clean out degraded info. We NEVER change content, and especially on the boats, usually its about scratches in the shot or background. We hope you enjoyed the week, we certainly did behind the scenes..
Header before, the shot is amazing, but the boat looks like its going to tip over
Here is the header after, we cleaned up the photo scratches, we also twisted the image so the composition was clearer. So some small background was added on the upper left. Note how tall the bow looks in the after shot. Nothing was changed, just corrected.
the original from David Graham- Before cleaning up
After, We opened her up, note the leaves changing and the wood on the boat is more pronounced. We whad to decide on being a tad washed out to bring out the details of the shot
Here is Starlite before,
If you look closly there are dark areas around the people and base of the woods. This is from age, processing, being copied a mess of times.
In this case we added stuff for header sake. We cleaned up the scratches, Took out the strange green tone, and for the sake of adding some texture but it on a paper. Now remember the original is safe, so we are just bringing these shots to life in a safe and fun way
These shots to us are always cool. The first day of delivery. The issue here is that the film technology of the day or exposure to light has caused blue to fade away.
Here is the shot with more detail and the colors are more accurate ish. We never want to pretend that we are exact in color, thats the job of actual fabric samples etc…..But it makes the photo more true. Note in this the texture in the paper came out after adjusting the levels.
In this case, we felt that the scratchs were part of the story. But the clots of dirt were not. Thats all we did, and silouette the paper
Here is the shot cleaned up but not cleaned up, we slightly darkened the background to bring out the fun little boat running down the water. WATCH YOUR WAKE!
What fun, And remember, no actual original photos were changed, altered in a way that added or subtracted any detail from the boat. Just made better for looking at. We strongly believe in the accuracy of age and quirky details. Thanks again for allowing us to share your amazing photos. Matt
I still think you replaced the Bong with the chips in Floyd’s picture.
Thanks you did a Great job on oldies week!
It IS the weekend so right after breakfast I am headed to camp to fire up the MCL and go WoodyBoating for a few hours.
Matt I am feeling a little weak and disoriented after going days without a beautiful full color header of a woody on the water. The oldies are great but I need my varnish “fix” soon. Promise a “shot” soon?
Great work, Matt. I loved looking at all these older pictures. as one of the “Senior” woodyboaters, in age that is, I well remember the days in the early fifties on ward. Thanks for taking this old skipper down memory lane.
Matt- I am loading up boats and assorted support materiel and heading for Priest lake and the ACBS International pre-evemnts. On the water later tomorrow and for the first three days of the week. We are gonna have three boats there – this may be our last gasp of the season, who knows – but we are looking forward to it. This 7 hour road trip is a little on the short side, but I am making up for the short distance by adding potential excitement through having Karen tow our Glastron behind our increasinly creaky and unreliable ole’ ’96. Third new transmission in 3 years went into the sucker yesterday. Lets’ hope…..
Looking forward to some fresh shots of that cool Glastron.
Love oldies week, it is a yearly event? I am new here.
Welcome aboard Mack – Oldies Week was indeed a fun few days.
We usually don’t plan more than a week in advance (at best) but with the popularity of Oldies Week I’m sure we will do more stories like this in the future. – Texx
Thanx Matt for tweaking my pic! It’s been a fun week, really enjoyed it!
Good luck to you Karen & Paul, hope you have a safe, uneventful trip.
Here is a pic of my family taken in 2012 in our 1947 Chris Craft Rocket in Alexandria, MN. Taken on my smartphone. Car in the background just happened to be driving by. I know it doesn’t fit with oldies week but thought I would share it.
Great pic Russ. One to frame.
A great retro shot – metal cans & an old car were a lucky find to add to the vintage look.
Troy – a bong on a 90 mph v-drive? no place to store it, lol. No drugs/weed 4 me, I’m high on life. Those oldie pics were great but I’m sure a lot of work for you guys.
Russ – that is a keeper sho, you could have fooled us all with it. Maybe you can get Matt or Texx to photoshop the trash cans out of the backgound and make it a great family shot.
That was one of the first things my wife said. My reply was that at least they are metal cans and not the typical plastic ones we are used to.
Loved all the old pics! Great work on restoring the photos. Hope to see more soon.