This is a small version of our video that has been showing on the giant screen at Local & Live 2017 in Calverley Grounds, Tunbridge Wells. An annual event to showcase young artists in and around the Tunbridge Wells area we were lucky to be given the opportunity to have our video showing during the Festival.
We were recently able to help a lady to find her husband’s service records with the Royal Corps of Signals, Middlesex Yeomanry and to then obtain copies of his various unit’s War Diaries so that a complete picture of his service throughout the Second World War could be built up. He fought through Africa and the Middle East, up through Sicily and Italy and went on to land in D-Day, fighting right the way through to Germany. Whilst it is unusual to find servicemen mentioned in the diaries he had been mentioned a number of times and so we were able to construct his entire service record from enlisting through to being de-mobbed in 1946. The War Diaries themselves were photographed at the National Archives and presented in a series of electronic picture files.
You can apply for a Service Record if you are a member of the family of the Service man or woman, you don’t necessarily have to have their Service number although this does make searching and returning your query faster. Here is a link to the relevant Government guidance.
If you would like us to assist in researching a loved one’s Service / Military Records, please drop us a line.
What Do You Do when You Only Have One Photograph Of Someone and you want to make a portrait from it? It sounds unusual but perhaps you have a relative or friend who you’d like to make a portrait of but you don’t have a photo of them on their own. We were recently commissioned to produce a portrait from a photograph that had the subject lady on as well as another person. Unlock My Past was approached to see if we could help.
Here is the Before Photograph:
Our brief was to isolate the lady and make a portrait photo of her. This involved cutting the lady out and changing her position, drawing in her right arm which is missing from the first photograph as it is behind the male subject and produce a picture of her sitting in a chair. At this point the photograph looks like this.
The lady has been cut out from the background of the original photograph and she has been straightened up and her right arm drawn in and blended with her clothing. Now we needed to find a chair to sit her on. We took an old colour family photograph and adapted it turning it black and white and inverting it.
The final result is a testament to our specialist, you can’t see the join. Note the shadowing added to the wall behind the subject.
Our customer was delighted with the result. We produced two photographs. This one as a square photograph and one in portrait format.
Paul presents a superb series of candlelit showcases of the local area’s finest soloists and acoustic bands. With four acts on the bill at each show representing a multitude of musical styles and genres, audiences are treated to an exceptional night of local music culture, song writing and musicianship.
Dan Clews providing a great supporting set.
It was one of those memorable episodes of Family Guy where Peter Griffin casually slipped into the conversation with his wife Lois that he had recorded “soft porn” over their wedding video!
Accidents can happen and no doubt the Griffins, like many of us, only had one copy of that “special day” video. I’m not saying that your husband, partner or wife will actually record over it but it could happen. You may not be so lucky as Peter Griffin, you may end up with Ant & Dec, the X Factor or, heaven forbid, Strictly Come Dancing interspersed with “I do” or the Best Man chatting up the Bridesmaids.
Why not ask us to transfer your video to DVD or Blu-ray before someone records over or throws out your video and at the same time, get a few extra copies for safe keeping? We promise not to record a TV programme over your special day video temptingly hilarious as that may be. I also promise not to be wearing green trousers and a white shirt whilst transferring the images, how’s that?
You can reach us by calling 0333 011 8514 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can use the video enquiry form. For a full listing of the services you can go to our Video Transfer web page. Whatever you do, contact us now before that treasured video gets broken, taped over or damaged.
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