An Improved Photo

Donna B had wished that one of the photos in the Vacation 1963 series wasn’t so blurry. I completely agreed and I thought the same thing when I was first looked at this picture after I originally scanned it from the slide.

The picture was taken in August of 1963 when we stayed at 109 North Street in Ocean City, NJ. We stayed at this bungalow a few times and the owners welcomed us back because we (mostly Mom) did a good job of cleaning up after our week long stay. Some of the best memories of my childhood are from these vacations in Ocean City.

This is the original from the scan (although at a lower resolution that does not affect its sharpness) that is included in the gallery:

I did some sharpening in Photoshop and adjusted the brightness a little and tried to remove some of the shadows from the faces, and this is the cleaned up version:

It seems to my eyes that this is a definite improvement over the original scan, but it is far from ideal and probably never will be unless the software to clean this stuff up gets better or maybe a Photoshop pro could do something better with it. It is currently sized for a 4 x 6 print and I think that at this size it would print out fine. However, if it were enlarged too much it would start to look ‘harsh’ due to the sharpening that was done on it. So if you send your digital files over to WalMart or CVS Photo, download a high resolution of the photo from the following link (it is a zip file) and send it in with your next batch of prints: vacation_63_008

2 thoughts on “An Improved Photo”

  1. Thanks, Johnny! I actually have Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro. When I get more time, I can try to improve the quality of some the photos myself. I’m going to print this one on my photo printer and frame it (along with some others).

    1. Hey Donna, If you want to try your hand at touching up some photos just let me know. I have all of the scans in high resolution but only put up the low-res versions on the website. The originals are all 4 x 6 in (which was pretty much the framing/aspect ratio of the slides) and they’re scanned at 600 dpi.

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