I just uploaded two new final output versions of two old shoots. “Kidskin Corset” from 2003 and “An Exhibitionist in Amsterdam”.
For Exhibitionist in Amsterdam (2002), I pushed it to 2000 pixels, which might have been a stretch considering the source material. Generally any shoots before August 2003’s “Here Comes the Bride” have been shot on a variety of cameras but mostly on a crappy 1 megapixel Sony mini-DV video camera on still mode, but there are shoots here and there shot on other photographers’ cameras, as was the case in Amsterdam. Not all of them will upscale well, but some will.
Oh hey! Look, here’s an outtake from Amsterdam where I was reviewing the video footage on that very same Sony mini-DV camera! Yeah, I do get nostalgic for cameras, especially when it’s the cameras that helped start my career, and liberated me from having to have X-rated picutures on film develop at the local CVS! (oh btw, this picture was a reject, so it’s not even on the site. Perhaps someday I will comb through all my photosets and find the best of the worst of the rejects, and release that as a photo set).
I do admit that there’s really no rhyme or reason to which old photsets I’m picking to upscale. Honestly I ought to just pick a gallery of a specific year, and try to bump it all up to current specs. That being said, I’ve gone and noticed that over the last year or so, I’ve actually started work upscaling a lot of old material, to lose interst in it on the way.
So I was going through things and I had a bunch of work half done that just needed a little more to finish. There are a few more almost ready to be re-released – “Cold War Thaw” from 2004, Bonbons from 2002 (this will be an attempt to see just how much quality I can coax out of something so small to begin with), and “Pitstop Cutie” from 2003. Here are some samples so you can click on them to see the full size verions. You might then click on the version resized for your screen to see the full version. I’d like feedback from anyone who uses a computer with a 4k or 5k screen, please let me know if the change is noticable.
In most cases, as I go through the orignals, I’m choosing many of the same pictures, so the new versions should roughly have the same quantity as the old ones. Some might get trimmed down to only the best ones, and some might grow in size. I know Kidskin Corset grew by about 10 shots. As I go through these old sets with new eyes, I often find I like different pictures than I used to.
As before, the best way to tell if there’s an upscaled shoot is go browse through each year’s gallery, and if you see larger buttons that resemble what you’re used to from the last few years, that means it’s upscaled.
Oh, and it looks like I did about half of the shots for “Santa Baby” from 2006. That’s my problem, I’m easily bored, and I can’t maintain my interest in re-editing shoots for more than a few days, or even an afternoon. Sadly, you can’t just take the old smaller finals and upscale them- There is no magic “enhance” button like you see in Hollywood movies. I gotta work right from the originals and basically re-do everything.
But what would help is that I know many of you new fans out there have mentioned older shoots that are favorites of yours. If I knew there was a demand for a particular shoot to get the royal treatment, I’d be happy to have that one move to the top of the list!
So what about it, give me some suggstions! Right now I’d like to stick to shoots from 2008 and older. Over the years I slowly upped the resolution on the finals so taking something from 2012 (where my finals were 1500 pix on the largest side) won’t give as dramatic an improvement as ones between the years 2003 and 2008.
I’ll take each one on a case by case basis, but I’d love to hear my fans’ input. Right now, “Santa Baby” and “Cold War Thaw” are the nearest completion.