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Colorizing Black and White Images …

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This image is an uncropped scan of a glass negative that I have.  As usual, I have no clue who the children are or where this photo was taken or the year.  Next image is the cropped image.


Here is my first version of the image after I cropped the image and then worked it up in Photoshop.  I flipped the image before I started coloring the image …


There still are a lot of areas that I need to improve and I plan on doing some more in the future.  I plan on colorizing a few of my father’s old photos, especially the one of the old San Carlos Hotel in downtown Pensacola, but that will is going to take some time to do.  The cars, people and details of the building will have to be done individually and those will take time.  The next image that I am doing is another glass plate that I have scanned of an unknown baseball team from back in the early 1900’s.  Thanks for looking.  As I have mentioned before, most of my posts are to my Instagram account so please go and check it out – @frankhardyphoto  I believe is how I have it listed.  If not, just search Frank Hardy Photography and my account will pop up.  Thanks again for taking time to look and please feel free to comment and ask questions.

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July 23, 2017 at 12:25 pm

Some New Images Purchased Off Of Ebay …

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Unknown Street Scene_RTP OK _ 28 Feb 16 _ Lucis_ReSized _SFW

I posted this image over on my Instagram site and a lady identified this scene as the clock tower in Bern Switzerland.  She goes by ” TrueColorChrome ” on Instagram and her specialty is colorizing black and white images.  Here is a link to her web site and she is truly an artist.  The work she does is amazing and people do not realize how time consuming the process is.  She was also the one that located the city and country that this was taken.  It was one of three negatives that I purchased from an individual on Ebay, of which two of the images I have already posted ( the market / street scene post one or two posts back ) .  The next several photographs were taken in Paris before WW II…


Unknown European City 1 _6x4_28 Feb 16 RTP_Stroke_SFW

Unknown European City  2_RTP  _6x4_28 Feb 16 _Stroke _ SFW

The photographs were taken on Rue Royale  in Paris.  From what I been able to assume from looking on Google Maps and some other sources, the photographer might have been standing in the middle of Rue Royale  and took the first photograph.  Then he turned 180 degrees and took the second  photograph.  I was able to enlarge a sign on the right hand side of the image which read “Chrisofle”.  This business is located on Rue Royale and here is a link to the Chrisofle web site ( it sells silverware ) and a map showing it’s present day location.  I did run across a photo of this Rue Royale taken after WW II and the building across the street from this business had been completely destroyed.  And the amazing thing to me was that the building at the end of this street was not bombed by the Nazi air raid.  Now I doubt that the Nazi raid did not do this on purpose, because it is widely known that it did not bother Hitler if important buildings, museums, etc were destroyed or not. There is nothing special about either image other that the fact that they were pre-WWII and the seller was not asking much for them.  I am surprised what seller’s are asking on Ebay for some unknown individual’s personal photos.  I have seen amateur’s negatives going for thousands of dollars and they are nothing more than just random views of nothing … I have always said ” Just because it is old, does not make it gold ” .

That is it for now … If anyone has ever been on the above streets in Bern Switzerland or Paris France ( not Kentucky or Texas ) and would like to comment, please feel free.  My Instagram account gets me way more views that my blogs have ever received and it is easier to access.  So please feel free to see what I post on it and to leave a comment.  Thanks again for looking and I am going to try to get back in the habit of posting more frequently in the future.  For now … stay safe.



A Before and After …

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I thought that I would show a before and after photo, so you can see what I start out with and then what I do in Photoshop.  My father made this image from a window across the street from what I call the old Masonic Lodge.  It was located above what at the time was White and White Men’s Store, which later became Douglas Allen, which is now Vinyl Music Hall.  In the photo below, I removed the telephone lines from above and I cropped the image to focus on the San Carlos Hotel.  This photo was made around 1955 … note the covered bus stop in the lower right of the photograph.

And here is one that I cleaned up that shows more of the  surrounding area … note that the two-story  building in the back left  of the image is the old Pensacola Catholic High School on the corner of Garden and Baylen Streets.

On the bottom view, you can see up Palafox up to the Southern Bell Tower, which is about four blocks up.   When I first found this negative, I was only interested in the San Carlos Hotel.  But after I got to looking at the whole image, I saw how much of downtown Pensacola is included in the image, I thought I would just re-do the image and show the whole frame.  If anyone has any stories about the San Carlos or downtown Pensacola during this era, you are welcome to comment.  Thanks for looking …

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September 8, 2011 at 9:02 am

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