Painter Climbing the Golden Gate Bridge , 1947


Colorized photo of a painter climbing the Golden Gate Bridge, 1947

I took a mini-vacation from my photo colorization and restoration work last week. Its been almost a year since I launched this website and I never anticipated it would garner so much attention in such a short time. Thanks to flattering articles from The Daily Mail, Buzzfeed, Distractify, Yahoo and several other popular online news sites, Metacolor has received a substantial and steady flow of traffic, far beyond what I was expecting. With the increasingly steady flow of traffic coming through the site there is a bombardment of emails, requests and potential clients wanting their photos restored and/or colorized . I am extremely thankful for the recognition, but its been a ton of work and I was beginning to burnout a bit. Now that I have taken a week off, I feel refreshed and ready to get back into the swing of things. 

This black and white photo of a painter climbing up the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was originally taken by Fred Lyon in 1947. Fred Lyon’s career in photography stretches back to the early 1940’s and he continues to work today at age 90.  I have no clue how people were able to (and still do) this kind of work, my palms get sweaty just looking at it.

The only restoration work needed in this photo was a few shadow and lighting adjustments to allow the color to “soak in”. This photo took quite some time for obvious reasons.The detail work and research kept me quite busy on this one, I try to be as historically accurate as possible and wanted to be sure buildings like “The Roundhouse” in the background were correct for the time period. In the end,  I used just over 170 layers on this photo. Below is my full size colorization as well as the original. 

Vintage black and white golden gate bridge climber

Colorized black and white photo of a painter climbing up the golden gate bridge in 1947.nter

All photo colorization found within Metacolor is completed by hand using a Wacom Graphic Tablet and Adobe Photoshop CC software. All website design, writing and photo colorization/restoration found within is the sole work of Wayne Degan.

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