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The Findley Family by Gene Walls

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The Findley family portrait. My wife’s family from south west Oklahoma, USA. This portrait was professionally taken at the turn of the 20th century or late 1800’s. Photographed in a studio in Chicago, Ill. The frame is a family heirloom, hand carved wood, from the same time period as the photo.

The Family Portrait, In Its Original Carved Wooden Frame

This “photo of the photograph” was taken with a Canon EOS 10D through a Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 wide-angle prime lens. The shutter speed was 1.5 seconds at f/16. The camera’s ISO was set to 100. Daylight studio lamps were used for lighting. The photo has been cropped in PhotoShop CS2, to eliminate the frame.

© 2010 Gene Walls

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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Comments

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 4 years ago

  • Thanks! My pleasure!

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • vigor
    vigorover 4 years ago

    Wow Gene, what wonderful bit of history you have here, thanks for helping me out in this challenge, good luck!!!

  • Thank you, Viv!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    This came out very nicely indeed – great job, Gene!

  • Thank you so much, Sheila!

    My best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyover 4 years ago

    Little did they realize they’d be on a thing called Red Bubble on a thing called the internet. Amazing stuff.

  • Much appreciated, Gary! You are so right …who knew? However, I’m still disappointed the we aren’t all using flying cars in 2010 yet! LOL!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 4 years ago

    such a cool old time pic! love the color editing.

  • Thank you very much, LisaBeth! The backgrounds were hand tinted on these old photos, back “in the day”. Sometimes, they painted watercolors over the entire image for a full color image. I think the tinting was a very beautiful way to add a little color to B&W family portraits. My photo of the portrait is actually “as-is” as far as the color goes, it looks just the way it looks here, except for the cropping.

    Kindest wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this old family picture!

  • Thanks, Béla! …Just a bit of old family history.

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • clizzio
    clizzioover 4 years ago

    This is a keeper!

  • Thank you very much, Cindy! We have another family photo from the same era, but I’m having trouble shooting it. Both frames have a heavy glass bubble that makes it very hard to capture the image without reflections and shadows.

    The photo paper is pressed up against the inside of the curved glass, and can’t be flattened out without damaging the print. The other portrait is proving to be even more difficult to copy than this one was. I’ll keep trying, though.

    All my best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • bicyclegirl
    bicyclegirlover 4 years ago

    I love old photos like this…. wish they could speak and tell us their stories. I have some from my past also and have done a bit of restoration work with a few :D

  • Thank you so much! We enjoy this old family portrait every day in our dining room. It is really showing the ill effects of aging. I decided that it was very important to get a good copy of it, to be sure we would still have the photo if something ever happened to the original.

    The photo was firmly pressed inside of a deeply curved bubble of glass, and it couldn’t be flattened out. That made it a tough one to photograph. Fortunately, after it was captured, the restoration went pretty well.

    I truly appreciate your kind comment!

    All my best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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