Weddings: making that special day even more memorable.

When two people, witnessed by their family and friends, commit their life and love to one another it is a very special moment. Not only for the happy couple, but for all those in attendance. How do you capture that moment? How do you trap all the emotions into a two dimensional image? The truth is you can’t, but what an image of that special day will do is bring back all the memories of that day and through those memories you can relive the emotions you felt at that moment – even if it was 50 years ago! When it comes to special events such as weddings, photographs play an important part in keeping your memories alive. 

Even the most beautiful photographs taken by the hand of a skilled photographer, can fail in capturing the essence of that special day. Sadly photographs can deteriorate if not stored properly, so those treasured images can be ravaged by the effects of time. So here at ReClick Photo we are committed to giving you the images that you wish had been taken as well as restoring back to their former glory the precious moments of the past. Here are a few images of what we can do:

Bride and groom by the river
Bride and groom by the river

As you can see this is a beautiful picture but sadly the the bride and groom are slightly  overwhelmed by the landscape. Let’s see what we can do.

Bride and groom by the river enhanced
Bride and groom by the river enhanced

So what do you think?  The main object of this project was to concentrate the focus onto the married couple, and to make the landscape a background rather than a major element. So here’s what we did:

  • We cropped the image so that it is portrait rather landscape in format concentrating the focus on the bride and groom. For a future project the image could be used as a beautiful landscape photograph by merely removing the couple for the image. This is a great example of how editing a photograph can serve multiple purposes.
  • We also adjusted various levels such as brightness, contrast, and heightened the amount of colour in order to increase the contrast between the colour in the image and the whiteness of the wedding dress.
Married couple walking down country road.
Married couple walking down country road.

Here is another example of a wedding photograph. Like the first image above, this photo with the help of editing could serve many purposes.  For example you could remove the couple and replace them with a classic car, or even a rider on horseback. But for this project we will let the happy couple stay where they are. So let’s see what we can do.

Married couple walking down country road enhanced
Married couple walking down country road enhanced

What do you think? Just like the images above we wanted, we wanted to concentrate the focus of the image on to the happy couple. Here’s what we did:

  • Firstly, we cropped the image so that the bride and groom were in the centre of the image. All focus is now on them.
  • Secondly we tided up the road area a little, removing some of the debris – just a little housekeeping! The key is not to remove everything, because we still want the image to look authentic. When have you even walked down a country road and every inch of it was pristine?

Could we take this photograph a stage further? Let’s thinks creatively:

Married couple walking down country road enhanced further
Married couple walking down country road enhanced further

What Do you think? Here is the finished image, this is what we did:

  • Firstly we decided to isolate the bride and groom, then remove all colour away from the background. The purpose of this was to highlight the happy couple even further so that your eyes are immediately drawn to them.
  • As the articles of clothing worn by the couple are black in white, to further draw attention to them we heightened the colour of the brides bouquet.

If you would like any wedding photographs; whether they are pictures of your own, your friends, other family members special day given similar treatment or any other enhancement please contact us at info@reclickphoto.co.uk or please visit or website at http://www.reclickphoto.co.uk for more information.

Thanks for reading!

ReClick Photo.

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Moderne Morecambe


Moderne Morecambe

It had been over 25 years since we were last in Morecambe and to be absolutely truthful our childhood memories of the seaside town wasn’t favourable. Thankfully things have certainly changed. Morecambe is in the process of regeneration. Although this process is still ongoing, this seaside town is definitely a much changed place.

From the 1960’s onwards tastes in tourism were changing due to the increasing accessibility of foreign holiday destinations. With the growing popularity of the package holiday as well as low cost air travel, tourists were flocking to the continent in their droves, and were taking their hard earned money with them. Foreign travel was now no longer just a luxury of the rich.

Large drops in tourism had a negative effect to the local economy. So the British seaside resort started to go into decline. The boom of the pre and post war years were now a thing of the past.

Driving along the Marine Road we got a glimpse of the former Frontierland site with some of the decaying remnants of its former glory still there. Morecambe, like nearly all of Britain’s seaside resorts are in a state of transition.

A beacon for the regeneration of the town of Morecambe, and the main subject of this post, is the quite spectacular Midland Hotel.

View of the Midland Hotel, Morecambe.
View of the Midland Hotel, Morecambe.
Standing proudly opposite the former Morecambe Promenade Railway station, The Midland Hotel commands a grand presence against the scenic backdrop of Morecambe bay.

In 1932 the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company (LWS) set into motion the process of replacing of their existing hotel in Morecambe, with a much more modern structure in the Streamline Moderne style of Art Deco.  The man charged with this auspicious task was the British architect, landscape and garden designer Oliver Hill (1887 – 1968).

Hill’s design is a glorious example of this style. Influenced by the great technological advances in transport of the 1920’s and 1930’s, this building echoes the grandeur of the great ocean liners of the age such as the revolutionary Ile de France, Normandie and the Queen Mary. When the hotel opened to the public in July 1933 it was the epitome of modernity, and cutting edge design. Equipped with a richly decorated interior featuring work by the controversial sculptor, typeface designer, stonecutter and printmaker Eric Gill ( 1840 – 1940), textile designer Marion Dorn (1896 – 1964), painter, designer, engraver, letterer, cartoonist and former Trappist monk Denis Tegetmeier (1895 – 1987), and book illustrator and wood engraver Eric Ravilious (1903 – 1942).

After several prosperous years, when war broke out in 1939, the hotel was requisitioned by the Government for use as a military hospital. All the objects of value were put into storage and the interior of the building was converted for hospital use for the duration of the Second World War.

After the war the hotel was handed back to LWS but sadly in a bad state of repair. Renovation began and the hotel reopened in 1948. Following the nationalisation of the railways, in 1951 the hotel was put up for sale. After a succession of owners, by the 1970’s it was already feeling the effects of a down surge in tourism but thankfully by the end of that decade it was granted a Grade 2* listing. The buildings importance had finally been recognised as of great importance and was now protected. Sadly in the years that followed the hotel changed hands a further few times, and by 1998 it was in such a state of disrepair that the hotel had to close its doors. For the next 8 years its remained derelict, but thankfully in 2006 the Manchester based property developer Urban Splash along with Union North Architects they began an extensive refurbishment and expansion project which brought this iconic building back to life. After two years of extensive work the Midland Hotel reopened its doors to the public in the summer of 2008.

So, let us take a closer look at the photograph that appeared earlier in the post:

View of the Midland Hotel, Morecambe.
View of the Midland Hotel, Morecambe.
It truly is a beautiful building but sadly this is not the best photo of it. Sadly time was against us on that day, preferably we would have taken many more photographs of the hotel, but for now this one will have to do (will definitely have to organise a trip back down to Morecambe with our camera soon!). So how can we improve this photo?

Enhanced view of the Midland Hotel, Morecambe.
So what do you think? Just like the hotel, this image has had major work! So where did we start? First we cropped the image so the main subject, the hotel, was in the centre of the image.  That was the easy part! Then we tackled the foreground, removing the bollards, the paint from the paving, the concrete slabs before we extended the existing pavement throughout the foreground. Whilst doing this we realised that the wall in the left of the foreground could serve a better purpose. The stone pier which is connected to the wall, we believe is an unnecessary element which is taking some of the attention away from the hotel. Once removed we decided to extend the existing wall to the outer edge of the image, so now it creates a line which draws your eyes straight into the centre of the image and practically to the main entrance of the hotel.

Next we moved on to the hotel itself. Although essential in real life, the two lamp posts needed to go. We then decided to remove the tree from the right hand side of the car park. And finally we picked out the tiny flashes of red; paint colour of one of the cars,  the rear break lights etc, and changed them to a colour that would blend in to the surround area. Why? Our main objective of this retouching project was to celebrate the midland hotel and make it the main focus of the image. Ideally if we had the chance to take more photographs of the building and its surroundings, we would have been able to remove all the cars from the road as well as the car park. So with the image we have we did the very best we could. We hope you like it!

If you like what we have done here and you have a photo you would like enhanced in a similar way please send us an email to info@reclickphoto.co.uk or visit our website at http://www.reclickphoto.co.uk for more options.

Thanks for reading!

ReClick Photo.

Bring me sunshine

After a wonderful long weekend away with friends and family over the bank holiday weekend, we all climbed back into the car and started on our journey back home to Scotland. But there was one place we needed to stop of on the way.

It had been over 25 years since we were last in Morecambe and to be absolutely truthful our childhood memories of the seaside town wasn’t favourable. Things have certainly changed. Morecambe is currently going through regeneration. Although this process is ongoing, this seaside town is definitely a much changed place. Driving along the Marine road we got a glimpse of the former Frontierland site with the remnants of its former glory still there. But the main purpose of this detour was so we could cast our eyes on a couple of Morecambes attractions.

The first, and the main subject of this post is a fairly recent addition to the towns promenade. After a quick scout about, then a quick search on Google maps via my phone we found it. Situated within its own specially landscape area of the promenade surrounded with inscriptions of famous catchphrases and the names of celebrity guest stars who appeared on his television shows, stands one of Morecambes famous faces – John Eric Bartholomew otherwise known by his stage name Eric Morecambe.  

Statue of Eric Morecambe
 

As you can imagine, as we looked at the statue we just smiled and we all started to talk about our favourite moments from the famous television specials Eric and his sidekick Ernie Wise used to make. Who could forget their famous breakfast sketch! 

Unfortunately it was really crowded so sadly I could only manage a quick snap, as everyone one was desperate to get their photograph taken with the statue – most of whom did it whilst mimicking the same pose! Next time I am in Morecambe we will try and get their early in the morning when no one is around ( especially before the coach trips appear!) and take photographs to our hearts content.

As you can see the image is not ideal but there is a few things we can do make this a much better image.

  

So what do you think? Now the statue is the star of the show (pardon the pun!). First we cropped the image in such a way that the statue is in the centre of the image. As you can see in the first image there is a few elements which are drawing your attention away from the main focus – the statue. Although litter bins and benches and members of the public are part of everyday life, when it comes to a photograph they don’t have to be there if they do not serve any purpose. Just call it artistic liscence! When it come to photo retouching it is not only what you can remove from a photograph, sometimes things can be added to enhance what is already there. It terms of this image we decided to add additional balustrade so that it runs the whole width of the image, providing a more balanced background.

As you can see with just a few enhancements a quick holiday snap can be turned into a photograph you can take great pleasure in looking at time after time.

If you have any images that you would like to give the same treatment as above please send them to us at, info@reclickphoto.co.uk or visit our website http://www.reclickphoto.co.uk for more options. 

Thanks for reading!

ReClick Photo.

Comedy gold

After all the excitement of seeing the Cunard queens on the bank holiday we carried on doing our touristy thing with our friends and family. . .well we were on holiday! Liverpool is such a great city to visit with so many great things to see and do. so that means lots of things to take photos of too! Like all town and cities, Liverpool is many public works of art for everyone to admire and enjoy. On departing our train from Lime Street Station, right in the heart of the city, you can’t help but notice two sculptures of famous faces from the city; Bessie Braddock and Ken Dodd .

Statue of Ken Dodd in Lime Street Station Liverpool.
Statue of Ken Dodd in Lime Street Station Liverpool.

As you can see the picture that was taken is rather dull. A little enhancement is in order.

Enhanced image of the statue of Ken Dodd in Lime Street Station Liverpool.
Enhanced image of the statue of Ken Dodd in Lime Street Station Liverpool.

With the image adjusted you can see the statue in better detail. Whether you are a fan of Ken Dodd or not, when you see this statue it definitely brings a smile to your face. For some it’ll engage your chuckle muscle!

“What is a laugh? Anatomically speaking, a laugh starts here in your diagram. It works its way up through your clack and out through your titter valve.”

Ken Dodd

After a wonderful long weekend away with friends and family, we all climbed back into the car and started on our journey back home to Scotland. But there was one place we needed to stop of on the way. To be continued …..

Ships ahoy!

On the Spring bank holiday we had the privilege of visiting Liverpool to witness the three great Queens of the Cunard line sail majestically down the River Mersey to celebrate the 175th anniversary of this famous shipping line. It’s not everyday you get the chance to witness international maritime history so as you can imagine we were all standing at the Liverpool’s Pier Head standing on our tip-toes, with our arms stretched high into the air with our cameras in our hands filling our SD cards with as many photographs as we possibly could before our arms got too sore or we got cramp in our legs. In terms of art, design, and architecture sometimes the famous idiom “less is more” is very appropriate, but standing at the Pier Head in amongst a vast crowd of over a million people more is certainly greater than less in the quest to capture the perfect picture. Sadly sometimes as much as you try to capture the perfect picture it can remain just outside our reach. So here at ReClick Photo we can take what you have and transform it into the picture you want.

Here is an example from the photos we managed to take:

Original photo of two of the Cunard ships.
Original photo of two of the Cunard ships.

This is the image as it was taken. Notice how the image is rather dull, and there are a few elements in the picture that draw your attention away from the two great Cunard ships. So let’s see what we can do.

Enhanced image of the Cunard ships
Enhanced image of the Cunard ships

Things have certainly brightened up a bit. With a few adjustments the photograph now properly represents the weather conditions as they were on the day it was taken. Have you noticed anything missing? We decided to remove the birds positioned above the ships. Why? We did so because we felt that they are as slight distraction. The main focus is the ships and we want to do what we can to enhance that. So what can we do to enforce that?

Artistic enhancement of Cunard ships
Artistic enhancement of Cunard ships

Here is the finished image. As you can see we decided to desaturate the colour from the crowd of people in the foreground. We believe that this the most effective way in shifting all the focus on to the ships as your eye is immediately drawn to the flashes of red of the funnels on these great ships.

So as you can see a few small enhancements to a photo can turn it into something really special. When we stood at the Pier Head in Liverpool on that day, our main focus was looking at the ships and we weren’t really interested in the individuals in the crowd. Now our photograph reflects how we felt and what we experienced on the day.

Do you have any photographs that you would like to be enhanced it this way? Please visit http://www.reclickphoto.co.uk for more information, or why not email us direct with your image to info@reclickphoto to see what we can do.

Thanks for reading!

ReClick Photo.

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