Another advantage to having a fewer obligations in the summer is being able to play with Adobe Photoshop in the wee hours. Above you see a portrait of Ossian Everett Mills, the founder of the Sinfonia Fraternity. The version on the far left is the original. By opening it in Photoshop, desaturating it, and running “Auto-Contrast,” (two keyboard shortcuts Control-Shift-U and Control-Shift-Alt-L), I got the portrait in the middle. This is the one I used for the Wikipedia page on him. By the way, if you look at that page, you’ll see my other handiwork, his signature, traced in Adobe Illustrator. I did a similar thing with the portrait and signature of Percy Jewett Burrell.
On the right is my lazy attempt at colorizing the portrait by selecting certain general areas and changing the color balance. As long as I live, I don’t think I’ll ever get a skin tone quite right, but other than that, this colorized portrait perhaps leaves less room for the imagination to think of what Fr. Mills looked like in 1905.
Sometimes the hours between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. can be strangely productive.