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The college boy, Clark University, 1957 | by Romair
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The college boy, Clark University, 1957

The original of this shot of me was so terrible, I always assumed it was beyond repair, even with Photoshop. It was taken with Ektachrome (maybe Anscochrome) daylight film, while the lighting in the room was all incandescent, so the color was way off, and it was grainy, much too contrasty and even out of focus. But, it's the only shot I have of me from this era, so I kept it, and when Photoshop came along, I scanned the slide and tried repeatedly to fix it, but with little luck. Then, recently I started playing with a variety of textures in PSE 9 and came up with some results that weren't too bad, but it wasn't until I added the Orton effect that I came up with an image that I felt I could post on my photostream.

 

My wife Sammy just walked by and saw this and exclaimed, "Good Lord, you look like Hitler with that mustache! No wonder you scared me when I first met you." She was joking, of course. I think.....

 

Taken with a Kodak Retina II-a ( The Camera that Started it All ), with the camera resting on a table top, using a mechanical screw-in self timer. I didn't own an exposure meter, so I just had to eyeball the light and guess at the exposure settings.

 

Check out the b&w version in the 1st comment below. I'm thinking I maybe like it better

ODT, "Retro."

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Taken on November 15, 1957