21 Historic Photographs of Baseball: The Greatest Game
Since its inception in the 18th century, baseball has been an incredibly popular sport. Its stars have been revered, hated and loved by the media. In Japan, Puerto Rico and the United States in particular, baseball is inseparable from popular culture. Babe Ruth said “Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world.” Vintage Photographs on Photistoric.
23 Photographs from the Dust Bowl
More than 5,000 people died from the heatwave of 1936. It was the hottest summer on record. Those crops that hadn’t withered in the first half of the decade now failed. People collapsed from exhaustion in their homes. The summer of 1936 marked the most desperate point of a four year drought and a decade long economic depression that displaced 2.5 million people. This time came to be known as the Dust Bowl.
Unseasonable heavy rain in the years preceding 1930 convinced farmers that aggressive ploughing was acceptable, when in reality a very thin topsoil was only protected by a thin layer of grass. When precipitation did not materialize, the exposed soil quickly dried. High winds, which were not uncommon, were now able to pick up millions of pounds of dried soil and blow it in huge rolling black clouds. Towns were abandoned. The largest exodus of Americans occurred in the 1930’s as a result of this agricultural disaster. Poor and hungry, whole families traveled west for work.
The high-resolution photographs of migrant workers in this series show the men, women and children who lived during this troubled time. Among others, Dororthea Lange was hired by the Farm Security Administration to document the Dust Bowl. During this time, she created some of her most iconic images.
Out of a collection of thousands of photographs from the Library of Congress, the following portraits have been chosen for their emotion and technical quality.
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It’s often impossible to remove all the dust from family photos, lenses, historic images or negatives before scanning or taking the picture. Luckily, Adobe Photoshop has the post-processing tools to clean any image. This photography tutorial will explore the use of the Clone Stamp Tool and its options to effectively remove dust and scratches from any image without decreasing its quality.
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Step 1: Load the Image
Load the file into Photoshop.
Step 2: Clone Stamp Tool
In the Tools Panel select the Clone Stamp Tool.
Step 3: Clone Stamp Tool Options
The settings for the Clone Stamp tool can be found in the upper left corner of the window in the Options Panel. Set the hardness to 0% and the size to a diameter that will just fit around the dust specs. Alternatively, the stamp size can be made bigger with the close bracket ] key and smaller with the open bracket [ key.
Step 4: Clone Tool Sampling
First, Identify areas of dust. To begin using the Clone Stamp Tool, sample a dust-free area by holding alt and left-clicking. Crosshairs will appear while holding alt. The Clone Stamp Tool works by duplicating a circular area and blurring the edges. When removing dust, the tool essentially just pastes a small part of the picture without the dust, over the area with the dust. For the best results, sample from a dust-free area very close to the area that needs to be repaired without overlapping it. You will want to match the tone and gradient if possible. You can continue to clone other dust specs from the same sample area, but it is recommended that you sample in different areas so that obvious visual repetition does not occur.
Step 6: Covering Hairs
For strings of dust or hair, sample above or below with the Clone Stamp Tool, then click and drag across the dust string.
Alternative Methods of Removing Dust
There are other methods of dust and scratch removal in Adobe Photoshop. Many of them apply a blanket filter that softens the image, and wipes away film grain and other details along with the dust and scratches. These filter methods can be further refined for minimal damage to the non-dusty areas, but the Clone Stamp Tool method outlined in this tutorial will ensure a localized treatment that maintains the integrity of the image.
Once the basics of the Clone Stamp tool are understood, removing dust from photographs is simple. Continue using the clone stamp tool to remove as much dust as desired. Use the same process for dirt, blemishes or other imperfections and impurities. This method can be time consuming, and exhaustively removing every speck can be nearly impossible. A little dust here and there, in the opinion of Photistoric, will not take away from the quality and emotion of an image.
For other dust removal methods or questions, please post on the Film & Negative topic of the Photistoric Forum. Requests and suggestions are encouraged for future tutorial topics and should be submitted to the Requests topic.
16 Ansel Adams’ Photographs of the Shameful Internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII.
On February 19th, 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This order led to forced internment of 110,000 Japenese-Americans and Americans of Japanese descent following the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan on December 7th, 1942. 80,000 of those interned were born in the United States and held United States citizenship. A report by the Carter Administration in 1983 acknowledged that the internment was “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.” Fuelled by outrage at the Pearl Harbor attacks and media neurosis, public sentiment favored the internment. Henry McLemore, a columnist during the time wrote:
“I am for immediate removal of every Japanese on the West Coast to a point deep in the interior. I don’t mean a nice part of the interior either. Herd ’em up, pack ’em off and give ’em the inside room in the badlands. Let ’em be pinched, hurt, hungry and dead up against it …”
In 1943, the American photographer Ansel Adams traveled to the Manzanar Relocation Center. According the National Park Service, the Manzanar camp had a “peak [population] of 10,046 in September 1942. When gifting the photographs to the Library of Congress Adams wrote:
“All in all, I think this Manzanar Collection is an important historical document, and I trust it can be put to good use…The purpose of my work was to show how these people, suffering under a great injustice, and loss of property, businesses and professions, had overcome the sense of defeat and despair by building for themselves a vital community in an arid (but magnificent) environment.”
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