La Gioconda di Pieter Brits

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Leonardo da Vinci was an absolute Master, and incidentally, someone I believe was from a future time, especially when you consider his inventions.  But I digress.

His original masterpiece The Mona Lisa (Monna Lisa or La Gioconda in Italian; La Joconde in French), is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506, although Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517.

Personally, I can’t paint to save my life, but I do know how to use Photoshop – some say extremely well – so I decided to create my own unique composite of this amazing portrait.

I’m happy with the result, well, as happy as any artist can ever truly be with their work, which is to say not overly 🙂

I’m curious as to which famous person you all think I’ve replaced the original with… feel free to leave a comment below!

Nasjaja Hatali of the Navaho

Nesjaja Hatali - Navaho

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the photography of Edward S. Curtis.

His photography of the American West, and of Native American peoples was absolutely extraordinary.

In particular, I love how he used light to capture the most intense expressions in people.  Lighting, as all photographers know, is everything.  It differentiates a good image from something magical.

I recently discovered a source of Curtis’ photographs, which have now outside of copyright, so I decided to restore and enhance the image you see above.

I know it’s been done before, but I’m considering compiling a book of Curtis’ images, once I’ve restored them.  If I go ahead with the project, I’d like to include significant information relating to the people in the images, to tell a story, as well as immortalize them through their images.

Just a thought for today!

The image below is the original image, included for comparison.

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The Wright Flyer

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Because of my love and passion for flying, the photo I restored today has an extra-special significance to me.

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It depicts Wilbur Wright in the Wright Flyer, on the ground after an unsuccessful trail on December 14, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  It was only a few days later that man achieved sustained powered, heaver-than-air flight for the first time in recorded history.

This achievement has changed all of our lives in so many ways.  Even if you’re not a fan of flying, flight affects us each on a daily basis – goods are shipped across the world overnight through air freight; we can easily travel from one side of the world to the other in 24 hours or less; and the world has become smaller as a result.

I’d like to end this post by leaving you with my favorite quote (often attributed to Leonardo da Vinci) which perfectly sums up how I feel about flying:

“When once you have tasted flight,
you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward,
for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”

I absolutely love my work!

studioseven Lydia v1 comparison

Digitally colorizing black and white photos is to me, one of the most rewarding things I do.

I love restoring old photos, and taking the time to add color to a black and white photo simply takes it to the next level.

The photo comparison above is work I performed today for a client on Fiverr, and the finished result is amazing.

And I love receiving positive comments like this: “So beautiful! I am speechless . Thank you SO much!!!” – THIS is why I love my work!

If you’re interested in learning how to do this yourself, see one of my previous blogs, How to Colorize Black and White Photos.