Baseball season is quickly approaching now that spring looks to finally be here. It was touch and go for a bit with a week of warmer weather before the “official start” to the season, and then a week of winter’s final kiss with an untimely cold front that swept most of the nation.
Although the sport is not the reason for this post of an almost 11 year old image of Comerica Park in Detroit, spring cleaning and finally getting all of my digitized photo archive under the same roof (a.k.a. single external hard drive or Drobo) is what brought me back to it. It is one I never stitched together—from 3 horizontally captured frames using a Kodak point-and-shoot—and fully processed. Likely I just did not get around to doing so. And, if I did, it might have been one of those that I would immediately wish to do over. Software back then would never allow me to produce such a satisfactory result. Photoshop’s alignment tool did a near perfect job, and its puppet warp tool allowed me to replace the field with that of an entirely separate image that was unobstructed and more lively. Nik plug-in software (now Nik Collection by Google) and Lightroom polished off the image, along with the use of onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite to mask out and replace the sky.
This may never be one to sell, but it is one that I will proudly share online and print out in a Blurb book that collects all the photos from that year. Much more to come as I work through my entire archive.
Location and date taken: Comerica Park — Detroit, MI USA on 29-Jun-2002.