Parting Thoughts

Combining Historic and Modern Images

Posted 15 May 2016

I have long thought about combining historic and modern images of San Francisco to make aligned, composite images that showed some parts new and some parts old. I have some great historic images, and new images are easy to get, but it’s been a bigger project that I’ve wanted to take on — and also beyond my Photoshop skills to do well.

So I was excited to see these images from photographer Sean Gallup, who works for Getty Images. (These images belong to Getty, so they are costly to license: $175 to $575 each, depending on size.)

Here’s a few examples; at the end is a link to a gallery with more of them.


Here’s a gallery with more images from this series.

One Comment

Donna Schaffer

Cousteau shot videos underwater just off the French coast. The originals then 30 years later. The loss of life was dramatic. I could see a series like the historical buildings, but with the purpose of man’s impact on nature.

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