Posts filed under: Photography

Photo Restoration Project 1950’s Black & White Photo.

Photo Restoration

This Photo Restoration Project turned out better than I though it would.  My goal was to remove the cuts and scratches and bring out the original images as much as possible without changing the integrity of the photo.  Below pictured is the actual picture.  I wanted a picture of someone holding it so you can get an idea of the exact condition of the photo.  Photo taken during the late 50’s early 60’s but exact date is unknown.


If you look carefully you can see that the picture was taken in one of the very early photo booths when they were first invented.  If you have ever taken a photo in a photo booth you know how tiny they can be so stretching out this photo was a challenge.  I did manage to stretch it out to a significant size and while there was some pixels sacrificed it came out beautifully restore and picture frame worthy.



Here is the final picture and it still looks old and the images still look like they were taken in the fifties but the goal was not to change it or make it modern.  What we did here is save a tiny old photo and saved memories of a time that may be no more but will always be in our hearts.



If you are looking to restore an old photo reach out to me and I will review it.  If I cant do it I will let you know but I would love the challenge of trying.    Do you have any old photos that you think can not be saved?  Leave a comment and let us know?

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March Free Photos

March Free Photos

The empty Freezers above I took during the closeout of Pathmark Supermarkets.  I just thought it was so strange to be inside the supermarket while it was so empty.

Free Photo Data power in out

Ethernet cables connected to a thin client.

Free Photo No Trespassing rusty sign under nyc bridge

This is a rusty No Trespassing sign.  I just wonder who would want to.  I mean it is under an over pass with garbage and debris scattered all over.  But this is NYC You never know!!


A small glimpse of a birthday cake.  It was my grandaughters birthday.  The lighting was really dim and I was not really prepared to take proper pictures.  I was suprised to find this one.

For the rest of March I will continue to add photos if I find any but I am going out to get ready for April 2016 free photos post so subscribe or/and comeback and check.


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Fifty Ninth 59th Street Bridge. A Passengers View.

Fifty Ninth 59th Street Bridge.

Fifty Ninth 59th Street Bridge also known as the Queensboro Bridge  view has changed over the years.  It is the only way to enter the borough of queens free.  No tolls and open to commercial traffic.  Fifty Ninth 59th Street Bridge is always packed with traffic and its lanes are very narrow.  There is a growing business and residential community on the rise.  Lots of hotels and high rise apartment buildings on the rise.  I sometimes wonder how it would be to live there.

Fifty Ninth 59th Street Bridge

Fifty Ninth 59th Street Bridge connects Manhattan at 59th Street to Long Island City, Queens. The upper level of the Queensboro Bridge has four lanes where you can find the views in the photos I posted here. The lower level has six lanes, the inner four for automobile traffic and the outer two for either automobile traffic or pedestrians and bicycles. The North Outer Roadway appears to be a pedestrian walk but rarely do you see pedestrians walking over it.

Fifty Ninth 59th Street Bridge Silver Cup studios

Silvercup studios famous sign can be seen in the south side of the bridge via the lower or upper level.  My Favorite movie Highlander comes to mind immediately but there has been many other movies filmed there.  It was renamed the Ed Koch bridge but I will always call it the 59th street Bridge.

Looking thru your window

The sky was so crisp and clear that I was able to capture the above image of a warehouse window.  I just think it looks so mysterious the way the light and shadows bounced off it.


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Twelve Days Till Christmas

 Christmas 2015.

What kind of blog would hip2share be if we did not do at least one holiday post.  Nothing to sell. No recommendations.


Just a sincere happy holiday to all our readers.  Christmas can be an expensive time of year and I am sure all of my readers are bombarded with lots of sales and holiday offers so I will refrain from such activity.

Giant Santa Twelve Days Till Christmas

What I will do is share my photos from last year.  And some from this year.  These are photos of my favorite part of the holiday.  It is not the gift giving or receiving but the decorations.  I am no stranger to the effort put forth into decorations and trimming which is a big part of why it is my favorite part.


Spending the money of the ornaments is one part and while it may seem like the big part for me the biggest part of it all is the time spent decorating.  Time is valuable and to dedicate it to making something beautiful is the best gift anyone can ever give.


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Late Night City garden


Late City garden
is the title I picked mostly because I took this photo with only the city lights as a light source.

The low light turned out to be a good thing and enhanced the color of the tulips.


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  • Northglen Webster Lake

Northglen Webster Lake Temporary Escape from Winter

Northglen Webster Lake Adventure

It was a warm winter day.  At least in the 80’s.  We took advantage of the warm weather and headed over to Northglen Webster Lake in CO.  A small park with a lake and at least three acres of trails.  Along the trail there were picnic tables, flowerbeds and trees.  Spent most of the time watching my grandaughter play in the playground.  It was a picture perfect day.

Ducks in Webster lake
Caught these guys swimming around and lounging in the water. A rare site for me being from NYC and I really enjoyed taking in the sites at Northglen Webster Lake

Little Girl in Webster Lake

And of course!! My Beautiful grandaughter and her cute innocent stare.  Gave me a hard time to get this shot but then when she saw the camera it was as if the little model inside turned on and she posed like she was a rock star.

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Fruit Bowl the Simple Meaning.

Life is the Fruit of your own Doing.

A simple fruit bowl with Pears and apples.  Nothing fancy about it.  Beautiful in its simplicity.  Healthy and good for you.  This bowl was sitting on the table and as a family we were around it laughing and celebrating life.

Head on over here to find out about the benefits of pears and here for apples


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Rock Climbing in Vegas. Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon Rock Climbing

Ok Let me make it clear I was not rock climbing in Vegas.  I was to busy trying to stay steady on my feet while holding my camera to get these shot.  Maybe if I was younger but no way not now.  Despite my shaky hands managed to snap a few good shots of some young people climbing and hiking in Red Rock Canyon.

Red Rock Canyon Rock Climbing in Vegas

Brave young souls and they made it look so easy. So glad I got to see it. Don’t know when I will be back but so glad I got to capture the moment.


Red Rock Canyon was just a few minutes from the strip and it was quite the adventure. The morning can start out cold and change to really hot mid day. We did not venture to far from our car only because we did not know about where we were. We will definitely head out to Red Rock Canyon next time we are there and maybe we will do some rock climbing of our own. OK maybe just a very tiny tiny rock.

Red Rock Canyon Motorcyclist

Magnificent scenery. Absolutely stunning views and would recommend to moderate to highly active/healthy people. Red Roc Canyon features spectacular red and white sandstone cliffs.

Day pass fees:

  • Car: $7
  • Motorcycle: $3
  • Bicycle:$3
  • Pedestrian: $3
  • Commercial Tour Bus: $5

Annual Support Pass: $30
Red Spring group picnic reservation: $40
Individual campsite: $15
Group campsite: $40

Driving Directions:

From the North:
Take Charleston Boulevard West out of the city. It will turn into Blue Diamond Road, or highway 159.
Pass Calico Basin.
Turn right on Scenic Drive. There will be signs saying “Red Rock Canyon.”

From the South:
Take Blue Diamond Road West out of the city.
Turn right to stay on Blue Diamond Road, and the scenic loop to Red Rock Conservation Area. Driving straight would put you on the 160 to Pharump.
Pass the city of Blue Diamond, Bonnie Springs Recreation area, and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.
Turn left on Scenic Drive. There will be signs saying “Red Rock Canyon

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Urban Kitchen Street Art In Ozone Park.

Walking around Ozone Park, Queens where I live and I could no longer resist.  I passed this art many many times in my local travels and I always have to stop and every time I look I see something different. I snapped this photo on Atlantic Avenue with my cell phone.  There is a beautiful big Muriel that runs along side most of the building.  Featured in this photo is Cap’n Crunch swimming in alphabet cereal.  Mrs Butter Worth standing over the bowl of cereal holding a spoon looking like she is about to attack the cereal.  Next the the Cereal is a Pack of Newports.

There is allot going on in this pic.  I just love how the artist put it all together.  If you are ever in the neighborhood check it out it is much bigger than the shot here.  I am just happy I captured it despite the bright sun that made it impossible to get the rest.  This Urban Art is truly a masterpiece and it brings a little more brightness to Ozone Park.

Below is another pic I snapped from the same art display.

Street Art

And Last is the biggest cupcake you ever did see.  Cupcake anyone?  Yum.

Street Art Cupcake

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Las Vegas Mandalay Bay

Took this picture straight from my balcony window while vacationing in Las Vegas.  From where I was sitting it looked almost as if the plane was heading straight for the Hotel.  Of course that is just what it looked like.  The airport is close to the Las Vegas Strip and that was just the normal air traffic back and forth.  I was amazed that we could be so close and that the noise from the planes was never a bother.

It took me quite a few tries to line up the plane in my camera to get this shot. I have even been accused of photo-shopping the plane into the photo.  While I do use photo-shop and have become real good at it I am not that good.

Below is a Picture that I photo-shopped.  I also got that pic from the same balcony but the plane and the view were taken at different times.


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