Photo Restoration • Services

• Preserving History

• The physical presence of our lives inevitably disintegrates with time. In a few short generations our living legacy will be retold exclusively on a computer screen. Any photo albums that survive will be relegated to a museum. In fact our imprint on society is already being stored digitally, and in the cloud. Whether it’s through social networking, blogs, or cloud storage services.

• Technology is progressing at a pace where each decade increases expectations of quality by another order of magnitude. What does this mean for our children’s children? It’s about realizing that what we think is excessive today, will be average for the next generation, and for their children may our efforts will be substandard. In other words, “technology overkill” in preserving historical content should be the mantra. Hopefully our offspring will appreciate the effort we have made in preserving history.

• Restoration of photographs archives precious family photos in the best quality possible. In digital form photos no longer degrade and aren’t subjected to nature’s elements that destroy photographs – light, moisture, and heat – or even a natural disaster. Once a photo is restored and saved digitally it can be printed over again at its maximum quality. Restoration include several stages of repair, depending on the age, wear, or type of image. It’s up to the client to draw the line between strict preservation of history verses improving the image even further with artistic expression. Each stage is demonstrated below, accompanied by an animated GIF showing a few sample images.:

  1. Correcting colors
  2. Fixing damaged images
  3. Removing unwanted objects or people
  4. Correcting composition
  5. Restoration of historical photos.

• Color Correction

Portfolio - Digital Photo Restoration (Samples, color correction, 306p)

  • Correcting colors is necessary due to the degradation of ink over time. Color photos often lose their blues resulting in photos that shift towards yellow. In other cases the original photo service may have incorrectly balanced the image’s color. Or they may be over-saturated or under-saturated by the development studio. Positive and negative film also require special care in restoring colors. Digital correction can completely restore images back to the intended look of the photographer or the captured scene.

• Damaged Images

Portfolio - Digital Photo Restoration (Samples, damaged images, 306p)

  • Damage may include rips, liquid stains, scratches, dust spots, or development errors that have ruined the image. Paper on which the photo was printed may include a texture that can otherwise ruin the image. Depending on the extent, much of this damage can be reversed to reveal the image underneath.

• Object Removal

Portfolio - Digital Photo Restoration (Samples, removing items or people)

  • In some cases a perfectly good photograph is ruined by someone entering the frame, or an object that is distracting the photo from its focal point. Depending on the position and size of the object, many of these distractions can be removed to regain the desired focus of the image.

• Composition Corrections

Portfolio - Digital Photo Restoration (Samples, composition correction, 306p)

  • An excellent photo may be ruined by poor composition. Maybe the image was improperly balanced because the horizon isn’t level. Other photos may cut out important detail from the image, such as the top of someone’s head, or the space around the main subject has resulted in a cramped feel. Maybe the subject is centered when a preferred composition is the thirds rule. Digital restoration can correct many composition errors. In some cases missing details can be manually “painted in” to properly compose an image.

• Historical Restoration

Portfolio - Digital Photo Restoration (Samples, historical, 306p)

  • Precious family photos inevitably degrade over time. In the same way that a photo represents a moment in time, a digital scan stops that image from degrading further, and protects it forever in a virtual form.
  • Studios in the 19th century and early 20th century accented their portraits by manually brushing eyes, lips, or hair. This technique is called hand-coloring or Pictorialism. To some, these manual touch-ups can be annoying and detracting from an otherwise perfect historical image. Some historians may feel that these touch-ups should remain in the image as part of preserving its historical record. The choice is subjective, and both versions could often be generated from the original image. Sepia effects were also used to artistically accent photographs. These effects can also be restored in the restoration process. Why not keep a sepia and black & white version to accommodate both aesthetic alternatives?

• Ask for a Quotation

Digital restoration services are priced on a project basis. Contact us if you have any questions, or would like an estimate on restoring all or part of your family archive. For generations that follow, start today by preserving your family heritage.

• Restoration Approach

    • The recommended resolution for scanning photos is 1200dpi and 48bit color (16 bits per RGB color) saved in the Tagged Image File Format (TIF). TIF supports up to 2GB file sizes, allowing for quite large resolution images. Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) is not be used for two main reasons: 1. the bit depth for standard JPEG is only 8bits per color (although JPEG2000 supports 16bits per color it is not as widely adopted). 2. JPEG photos have lossy compression. File sizes between TIF and JPEG are significant – A typical compression ratio is anywhere between 200:1 and 500:1 (TIF:JPEG). This gives some indication of how progressively JPEG compresses the image. In the interest of preserving history, the lossless TIF format is ideal.
    • All scanner enhancements such as “unsharpen mask”, auto exposure, and Digital ICE should be turned off. Editing should be left to the restoration service, for maximum control over the original image.
    • Positive or negative film should be scanned between 6000dpi and 9600dpi at 48bit color depth when possible to capture the maximum detail of the image.

If the approach above seems excessive then consider that as little as ten years ago 5 Megapixel (MP) cameras was the largest sensor in SLR cameras. Now there are 16MP cameras on smartphones that exceeding great quality. Ten years ago camcorders recorded video in 0.45 million pixels per frame (784×576 PAL). Now smartphones support 4K video (3840×2160, UHD) that support over 8 million pixels/frame. A similar progression has occurred in the digital audio industry. Technology is progressing at an unprecedented pace. Restoration services therefore need to look into future generation’s expectations of quality – not in what is considered normal today. Besides, a 8TB hard drives sells for 280 US$ (as of July 2015) – the storage cost is only 3¢ per TIF image.

• Sending & Receiving Photos

    • If you already only a few scanned images then they could be sent by email up (gmail for instance supports up to 25MB). But email is not ideal because some applications will automatically compress the images before sending, resulting in significant image degradation. The sender thinks they have sent a high resolution image, but the receiver gets a very low resolution version. A better approach is to send images via a cloud-based service such as Dropbox, which supports 2GB of cloud storage for free. Other cloud services have even higher capacities, up to 10GB for free.
    • If the client does not have scanning capabilities then the original photographs can also be sent for restoration processing. It’s recommended to send photos by registered post or a courier that will track the shipment to its destination. Photos will be carefully scanned at the resolutions specified above and returned to the owner once the restoration service has completed.
    • Restored images can be sent back to the client in several formats using a cloud service. As mentioned above, the recommended format is uncompressed TIF for archiving purposes. But several additional images can be provided in various resolutions and file formats as requested by the client.
    • Printing is provided on the Epson Stylus R3000. Supported services include:
      • Up to A3+ (329mm x 483mm, 12.95″ x 19.02″) paper size.
      • 9 color inks are supported using the Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink technology. According to Epson, “UltraChrome K3 ink has improved print permanence characteristics that provide lightfastness ratings of up to 108 years for color and over 200 years for black and white.”
      • Paper grade is 250 grams or above.
      • Clients can choose premium glossy photo or matte stock paper.
      • Border-less printing is supported (i.e. no white border – ink bleeds to the edge).
      • Black & white or color printing is supported
      • Video capture of the restoration process can also be offered with each of the images, upon request.
      • For more information click here for more information on the capabilities of this printer: Epson – R3000 (brochure)
    • Payment can be made by PayPal or bank transfer.

 

Relationships • Photo Restoration • 12 • Gabičko • Heather

• By the time I entered my first year of university Heather and I had a more stable relationship. She found some equilibrium in dealing with my personality. My first year of university was very challenging though. Our relationship turned into a long distant one. My residence was three hours away and I would come home on the weekends and holidays to be with Heather and my family. Having a high school sweetheart entering university wasn’t the wisest move, and I knew it at the time. But I was in love, so nothing more can really be said about that.

• My second year was easier because I finished my studies at a university closer to home. (I didn’t transfer because of Heather, but the circumstances is outside the scope of this story, so I won’t go there).  As I finished my third year Heather invited me to her high school prom, but I caused such a stink about something, she ended up going with a classmate. I deserved it. Shortly after that she broke up with me. I was being a douche bag, and she needed to get on with her life. I had many years to grow and mature, and she had far surpassed me in that regard.

• Heather

If you missed the previous posts on Heather, you’ll find them here:

• Digital Photo Restoration

 6 minutes 30 second

88.Jul - Milton · Gabriel Dusil & Heather Brown (Crawford Lake)
88.Jul – Milton · Gabriel Dusil & Heather Brown (Crawford Lake)
87.Jul.25 - Hamilton · Heather Brown (Wendy Evan's wedding)
87.Jul.25 – Hamilton · Heather Brown (Wendy Evan’s wedding)
87.Jul - Burlington · Heather Brown & Gabriel Dusil (hammock)
87.Jul – Burlington · Heather Brown & Gabriel Dusil (hammock)
87.Jul - Burlington · Zakk, Heather Brown & Gabriel Dusil (front yard)
87.Jul – Burlington · Zakk, Heather Brown & Gabriel Dusil (front yard)
87.Jul - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil, Zakk & Heather Brown (front yard)
87.Jul – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil, Zakk & Heather Brown (front yard)
87.Aug - Burlington · Heather Brown (Miss Burlington)
87.Aug – Burlington · Heather Brown (Miss Burlington)
87.Aug - Burlington · Heather Brown (Miss Burlington, 2nd runner up)
87.Aug – Burlington · Heather Brown (Miss Burlington, 2nd runner up)
87.Jun - Burlington · Heather Brown & Gabriel Dusil (high school graduation diploma)
87.Jun – Burlington · Heather Brown & Gabriel Dusil (high school graduation diploma)
87.Jun - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil & Heather Brown (high school graduation)
87.Jun – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil & Heather Brown (high school graduation)
87.Jul.25 - Hamilton · Heather Brown & Gabriel Dusil (Wendy Evan's wedding)
87.Jul.25 – Hamilton · Heather Brown & Gabriel Dusil (Wendy Evan’s wedding)

87.Aug - Burlington · Heather Brown (Miss Burlington, 2nd runner up, premiere pro)

Education • Photo Restoration • 11 • Googičko • School

• Here is my beautiful sister growing up – from kindergarten all the way to her high school graduation. As with anyone with a younger sibling, I will always look at our Googičko as my little sister. Well, she’s not so little anymore. She’s a business woman. She’s a wonderful mother. She’s an accomplished artist. She’s trains in mixed martial arts (MMA). Oh ya,… and she’s beautiful. I couldn’t ask for a better sister!

 Happy Birthda Googičko 

I love you,

Home - Signature, Gabriel Dusil ('12, shadow, teal, Gab)

• These days, my sister runs her own  business.

 

Home - Alica Dusil (Class photos, Holy Rosary & Aldershot High School '80-'92)

• Digital Photo Restoration

 8 minutes 33 seconds

Alica Dusil (Class photos, Holy Rosary & Aldershot High School '80-'92)
Alica Dusil (Class photos, Holy Rosary & Aldershot High School ’80-’92)

80 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten)
80 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten)

81 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 1)
81 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 1)

82 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 2)
82 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 2)

83 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 3)
83 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 3)

84 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 4)
84 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 4)

85 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 5)
85 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 5)

86 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 6)
86 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 6)

87 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 7)
87 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 7)

88 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 8)
88 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, grade 8)

89 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 9)
89 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 9)

90 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 10)
90 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 10)

91 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 11)
91 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 11)

92 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 12)
92 – Burlington · Alica Dusil (Aldershot High, grade 12)

 


80 - Burlington · Alica Dusil (Holy Rosary, kindergarten, restoring, premiere pro)

Martial Arts • Fighting Science • Fighting Zones

Graphic - Martial Arts, Fighting Science (smaller)• There are three zones in stand-up combat. Each one is represented by a circle around the fighter. The largest is the white zone, where the fighter can’t reach the opponent with their fist or foot. The gray zone is where they are close enough to hit the opponent. The red zone is where both fighters are so close to each other it’s as if they’re fighting in a “phone booth”. Each fighter has different zone sizes determined by the length of their limbs. The gray zone is slightly wider for kicks than for punches because legs are usually longer than arms. Understanding your own zone borders and those of the opponent increases the fighter’s tactical advantage.

Graphic - Pictogram (fighter boxing kickboxing judo wrestling mma)_white & Gray Zone

Graphic - Pictogram (fighter boxing kickboxing judo wrestling mma)_Red zone, boxing• A fighting tactic is to force your opponent into a zone where they are most uncomfortable. One approach towards this goal is to understand the comfort zone of different fighting styles. For instance, a key difference between Karate (空手) and boxing is that Karate practitioners prefers to fight along the border of the white and gray zone. On the other hand, boxers and Muay Thai fighters prefer to fight between the gray and red zones. Fighting in the gray zone is often called, “the pocket”. Boxers will stay in hitting range and use footwork and head movement to avoid attacks while counter-striking. Graphic - Pictogram (fighter boxing kickboxing judo wrestling mma)_Red Zone, wrestlingThis gray zone tactic allows the fighter to quickly transition to the red zone where they can inflict a lot of damage. A Karate ka (i.e. Karate student) in the red zone is completely out of their comfort zone, whereas boxers are well versed in this zone.

Graphic - Pictogram (fighter boxing kickboxing judo wrestling mma)_Black zone, grappling

• A street fight can start in the white zone but quickly finish in the red zone, as if ignoring the gray zone entirely. A bar fight could start in the red zone and finish on the ground. This is called the black zone. Graphic - Pictogram (fighter boxing kickboxing judo wrestling mma)_Red to Black Zone, judoIt’s where Judoka, wrestlers, and jiu-jitsu fighters are experts. Likewise, transitioning from the red zone to the black zone lies in the expertise of judo, wrestling, and Aikido.

• Strikers hate the black zone because it’s foreign territory. Likewise, grapplers such as judoka and wrestlers hate the gray and white zone because they’re not quite close enough to grab onto an arm or leg. Grapplers need to get a hold of their opponent’s limbs and take them quickly to the ground, where they can dominate. This may require transitioning from the white zone directly to the red zone – a wrestling technique known as “shooting”, such as “shooting for a double leg”. Fighters should avoid the zone where their opponent is strongest. If this is not possible then a tactical approach is to stay in the zone where they have a weight, or experience advantage over the opponent.

• I trained in Shotokan (松濤館) in the 80’s, and also sparred with other disciplines like kickboxers, Taekwondo practitioners, and other Karate disciplines. We learned that each style had it’s strengths and weaknesses, but even then it was clear that a student of many disciplines would be very powerful. In February of 1988 Bloodsport was released in the theaters starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. His character Frank Dux travels to Hong Kong to fight in a martial arts tournament where the best from each martial art fight. In the martial arts community this movie fueled our debate as to which style would prevail. I came from a judo base, since my father and uncles were all back belts, so for me the debate began a generation earlier. Five years after Bloodsport, the UFC was launched in November 1993. This was the first widely televised tournament to test the strengths of different fighting styles. In fact, it was the goal of the legend, Hélio Gracie, one of the founders of Gracie and Brazilian jiu-jitsu was the best martial art in the world.  He went one step further and didn’t even send his best son Rickson Gracie to the tournament. Sending instead his modest looking 175lbs son, Royce Gracie. It was as if to send a message to the world, “I won’t even send my best son, and we will still win.” That was certainly the case, and the Gracie family’s name was indelibly stamped in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) history.

• Over the next twenty two years MMA has evolved into it’s own discipline. Students now learn to fight in all zones – white, gray, red and black. MMA teaches fighters to overcome the limitations of any martial art by combining the best and most effective techniques from each discipline. MMA fighters become versed in all fighting contingencies by learning the skills necessary to defend and attack in all four zones. By mixing all fighting styles, MMA has revealed four dominating disciplines:

Graphic - Pictogram (fighter boxing kickboxing judo wrestling mma, MMA)

  • Boxing has dominated because of their ability to maneuver and attack with multiple striking combinations while in the red zone. Complementing this style is Karate, Kung Fu, Taekwondo, and kickboxing, partially for their ability to transition from the white to gray zone.
  • Muay Thai extends the boxer’s arsenal by including three additional striking tools to boxing: elbows, knees, and feet (six if you count both limbs).
  • Wrestling has its greatest strength in superior grappling and in maneuvering their opponents on the ground.
  • Jujitsu has a rightful position in this four corners of MMA in their ability to “finish” the fight – either through breaking a limb, ripping ligaments, or restricting blood flow or oxygen to the brain. It’s worthwhile mentioning Judo in this mix of dominating styles because it sits nicely between Muay Thai and Jujitsu in transitioning fights from the red to the black zone.

• There is common theme among these four disciples in how MMA has evolved over the past two decades. It also answers the ultimate question of which fighting style are the most dominate – there isn’t just one – there are four styles that dominate:  Boxing and Muay Thai have proven their expertise in the red zone, while wrestling and Jujitsu have shown the same in the black zone. Expertise in all of these disciplines is the foundation of the ultimate fighter.

• Martial Arts

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About the Author

Home - Signature, Gabriel Dusil ('12, shadow, teal)Gabriel Dusil has been a practitioner of Martial Arts for over twenty years. Originally he trained in the traditional style of Shotokan Karate. Gabriel has also trained under the expertise of Sensei Martin “Sonic” Langley in the United Kingdom. More recently he has focused on circuit training, conditioning, Brazilian jiu jitsu and kickboxing. Gabriel teaches both children and adults at the Ferus Fitness Fight Club, fffc.cz.

Martial Arts • Ferus Fitness Fight Club • Strength, Conditioning, Kickboxing & Self Defense

15.May.21 - Prague · Karel Ferus & Gabriel Dusil (technique w. mitts, thumbnail)
Welcome to our diverse training regime at Ferus Fitness Fight Club in Prague, Czech Republic. The first video shows our strength and conditioning routine. Training sessions range between one to two hours long. We use basic tools such as kettlebells, Exercise balls, rubber resistance bands, Punching bag, and fitness balls (5kg, sand filled). Circuit training consists of one or two minute intervals with twenty to sixty second breaks to prepare for the next exercise.

 13 minutes 19 seconds

This next video is a private  session focusing on various kickboxing combinations. Attention is given to balance, technique, and speed, in order to reach maximize achievable power. Each student works towards reaching that maximum power within their own physiology – body weight, height, and gender.

 12 minutes 40 seconds

The third session focuses on training younger children on various kickboxing and self defense techniques. In this session we concentrate on fighting stance, balance, as well as punching and kicking techniques. Training can begin as young as six years old.

 16 minutes 49 seconds

• Martial Arts

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Martial Arts • Fighting Science • Fighter’s Curve

Graphic - Martial Arts, Fighting Science (smaller)• In this Martial Arts • Fighting Science paper we will discuss the psychology and physiology of fighters in combat. This first article investigates the changes in entropy when two opponents fight. Entropy is the measure of “order” in a particular system. In the context of fighting, low entropy means a high level of control. High entropy means low control or high disorder. The exchange between two fighters can be a series of punches, kicks, elbows, knee strikes or even grappling on the ground.

Portfolio - Fighting Science, Fighter's Curve_i. Figher's Curve• During a fight the level of entropy increases. In an exchange each opponent has their own “fighter’s curve”. We can visualize this curve in a graph where the y-axis represents entropy, and on the x-axis is time. The longer it takes for an exchange to take place between two opponents the higher the entropy. In other words, both fighters lose some level of control in an exchange. But the rate at which the fighter loses control depends on their experience, technique, “heart”, strength and conditioning.

Portfolio - Fighting Science, Fighter's Curve_ii. Experienced vs. Novice Fighter• Novice fighters are very uncomfortable at high entropy. Martial artists that focus on self-defense also have little tolerance for high entropy. In self defense disciplines, the defender wants to block and strike the attacker. Once that has occurred then they anticipate the end of the fight. Their entropy curve is sharp because a long exchange of strikes is not desirable. Kickboxers or boxers, on the other hand, have a shallow fighter’s curve. They are comfortable with a flurry of combinations, and will even stay in striking range for long periods of time while simultaneously blocking, moving, and counter-striking.

Portfolio - Fighting Science, Fighter's Curve_ii. Chaos Zone• The problem escalates when a fighter’s curve passes a threshold where they no longer know what’s going on. This is called the “chaos threshold.” High entropy can eventually lead to chaos – especially for inexperienced fighters. In this zone a fighter has lost complete control and tries to survive mainly through instinctive reactions. Once the fighter passes the “chaos threshold” they enter the “chaos zone“. In the chaos zone the fighter is most susceptible to a knockout or sever injury because they’re no longer completely aware of their surroundings. Fear easily takes over in this zone, resulting in the fighter closing their eyes and cover their face. In the chaos zone technique, timing, and power are significantly compromised. With the onset of panic the fighter may “turtle” (enter a fetal position).

• Fear also causes a fighter to hold their breath – either when being attacked, and even when attacking. This accelerates exhaustion because the lungs and muscles are deprived of oxygen during the exact moment when needed the most. I often tell students that if they hold their breath during a fight they will succumb to exhaustion four times faster than if they breathed during each exchange. The physiological reaction of holding your breath results in a sharper fighter’s curve and a quick entry into the chaos zone. When the muscles are starved of oxygen then exhaustion is accelerated and the body becomes paralyzed to attempt any counter attack.

• Experienced fighters learn to keep their eyes open even in the most fierce circumstances. Eyes need to stay open during an attack because the fighter has the best chance of survival if they see all strikes coming. Many knockouts occur because the opponent didn’t see the attack. If their eyes are open, then the body instinctively prepares for impact. Learning to keep your eyes open while being attacked help to create a shallow fighter’s curve.

Portfolio - Fighting Science, Fighter's Curve_iv. Fight Progression• A fight is typically a cyclical series of exchanges: movement, exchange, separate, movement, exchange, separate, and repeat. These exchanges may be on the feet. Or on the ground where attacks involve breaking a limb or cutting off oxygen or blood to the brain. Once this happens then the opponent goes “to sleep” (Fight-speak meaning that the brain is deprived of oxygen resulting in the fighter going unconscious). A fight could very well finish on the first exchange.

• At the beginning of a match the fighter’s curve is zero. Throughout a fight the entropy level will never completely return to the same point as the beginning of a fight. This is due to the increased heart rate and less oxygen supplied to muscles as a fight progresses. Exhaustion also leads to a decrease in reaction time to an attack, as well as when attacking. Fear and panic also can contribute to preventing a return to low entropy. Strength, conditioning, technique, experience, and the fighter’s “heart” all help the fighter’s quick recovery to low entropy. Two fighters with equal talent and experience will be differentiated by “heart”. The fighter that has a higher determination to win will have the a psychological advantage.

Portfolio - Fighting Science, Fighter's Curve_v. Fighting Advantage• Furthermore, a fighter that keeps their cool in an exchange can capitalize on an opponent that has lost their senses (because they have transitioned into the chaos zone), and has begun to panic. Once an opponent enters their chaos zone, then they are the most vulnerable, and a quick finish could be imminent.

Portfolio - Fighting Science, Fighter's Curve_vi. Recovery Advantage• Recovery from high entropy (or from the chaos zone), is for the exchange to finish so that the fighter can regroup and collect their senses. This returns the fighter’s curve to near their starting point and more importantly takes the fighter out of the chaos zone. The trick is to have a fighter’s curve that is gradual on the exchange and then sharp on the recovery. If the fighter feels comfortable during an exchange then they will remain technical in their offense and defense while simultaneously keeping their composure. Recovery from high entropy is quicker if the fighter is conditioned. If the fighter is not in shape then recovery to a lower controlled state is much slower as the heart rate struggles to return to normal and oxygen is replenished in the muscles. There is an added benefit for experienced fighters: Quick recovery to low entropy is more efficient since there is a much smaller recovery delta, when compared to an inexperienced fighter.

• Martial Arts

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About the Author

Home - Signature, Gabriel Dusil ('12, shadow, teal)Gabriel Dusil has been a practitioner of Martial Arts for over twenty years. Originally he trained in the traditional style of Shotokan Karate. Gabriel has also trained under the expertise of Sensei Martin “Sonic” Langley in the United Kingdom. More recently he has focused on circuit training, conditioning, Brazilian jiu jitsu and kickboxing. Gabriel teaches both children and adults at the Ferus Fitness Fight Club, fffc.cz.

Family • Photo Restoration • 10 • Taci

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2015 March

• During Christmas of 1965 I met Vašek. He was in his fifth year of university in the same veterinary program as myself. He had a great influence on my performance and always pressured me to do better. We studied together and went on dates as much as school permitted. The following year he graduated and then his compulsory military duty awaited him. Vašek and I got engaged in December of 1967 while still serving his military duties.

• Your father was an excellent surgeon. Taci was the best student in his class and the only one to finish with honors. For Vašek it was absolutely essential that he finished university with a red diploma. By the time he graduated, both of his brothers had finished their studies and also received red diplomas. The difference was that your father was the only one in his class that graduated with honors, whereas in engineering there were several students that completed that distinction.

• Taci was a great communicator and had a lot of charisma. Our clients liked him very much. He had an inherent view into the hearts of people, and that allowed him to be very compassionate and empathetic. Together we built a successful veterinary practice. He was ambitious and competitive, but not because he wanted to prove he was better than others – throughout his life his biggest competitor was himself, and the struggles he had with his own ego.

• Taci died 34 years ago today. We miss him tremendously.

Home - Signature, Gabriel Dusil ('12, shadow, teal, Gab)

• Digital Photo Restoration

 6 minutes 47 seconds

70 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Hyde Park Zoo)
70 – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Hyde Park Zoo)
71 - British Colombia · Vaclav Dusil (lifting bolder)
71 – British Colombia · Vaclav Dusil (lifting bolder)
74 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (reading)
74 – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (reading)
74 - Guelph · Vaclav Dusil (jumping into Rockwood falls #1)
74 – Guelph · Vaclav Dusil (jumping into Rockwood falls #1)
74 - Guelph · Vaclav Dusil (jumping into Rockwood falls #2)
74 – Guelph · Vaclav Dusil (jumping into Rockwood falls #2)
76 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Banjo)
76 – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Banjo)
76 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (playing the Banjo)
76 – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (playing the Banjo)
76 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (happy)
76 – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (happy)
76 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (opening champagne, restored)
76 – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (opening champagne)
78 - Vaclav Dusil (party drink)
78 – Vaclav Dusil (party drink)

70 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Hyde Park Zoo, premiere pro)

 

Relationships • Photo Restoration • 9 • Gabičko • Heather

• I met Heather at the Aldershot Animal Hospital. She was a volunteer at my mom’s clinic and had already been working there for a few weeks. On this day our paths finally crossed. Eventually Heather joined the payroll, and we ended up working the same shift on Saturdays. At first I got her to do all the dirty work. In the morning one of us had to walk the dogs, and the other cleaned the cages. The cages were always filthy from the night before, so walking the dogs was always the best option. Also, before closing the clinic we needed to vacuum and wash the floors. I hated vacuuming, so that was her job. As time went on Heather ‘s charm had me in role reversal – and I was doing all the dirty work.

• Two years later we started dating. The awkward bit was that we began our relationship when Heather was in ninth grade and I was in grade twelve. In some ways we were a perfect couple with a lot of common interests. I was also infatuated by her. But I couldn’t shake the fact that we had such an age difference. I was never outright ridiculed by my friends, except for a few passing comments.  But because of my adolescent insecurities at the time, it bothered me a lot. As a result, Heather suffered through no less than four breakups over a span of 18 months, and a repeated cycle of me crawling back in shame and regret.

• Heather

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• Digital Photo Restoration

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87.Aug - Burlington · Heather Brown (yellow lilies)
87.Aug – Burlington · Heather Brown (yellow lilies)
85.Aug - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil & Heather Brown (garden)
85.Aug – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil & Heather Brown (garden)
86.Aug - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil & Heather Brown (portrait)
86.Aug – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil & Heather Brown (portrait)
86.Aug - Burlington · Heather Brown (stairs)
86.Aug – Burlington · Heather Brown (stairs)
89.Jul - Ocala · Heather Brown (hot beach bikini)
89.Jul – Ocala · Heather Brown (hot beach bikini)
89.Jul - Ocala · Heather Brown (summer dress)
89.Jul – Ocala · Heather Brown (summer dress)
90 - Burlington · Heather Brown (18th birthday, red, grey & black dress)
90 – Burlington · Heather Brown (18th birthday, red, grey & black dress)
90.Jun - Burlington · Heather Brown (high school prom, gorgeous)
90.Jun – Burlington · Heather Brown (high school prom, gorgeous)
90.Mar - Burlington · Heather Brown & Gabriel Dusil (dinner date to Salvatore's)
90.Mar – Burlington · Heather Brown & Gabriel Dusil (dinner date to Salvatore’s)
86.Aug - Burlington · Heather Brown & Gabriel Dusil (napping)
86.Aug – Burlington · Heather Brown & Gabriel Dusil (napping)

 90.Jun - Burlington · Heather Brown (high school prom, gorgeous, premiere pro)

Family • My Beautiful Boys

Family • My Beautiful BoysFamily • My Beautiful Boys08.Sep - Woking, Lucas, Gabriel & Matias Dusil (kiss, restored)

• Maybe it’s because I’m an engineer at heart. Throughout my whole life I found beauty in numbers. When studying physics in university I got to a point in advanced mathematics where the line between science and art began to blur. I wanted to create this post to demonstrate how it is possible to find incredible symmetry in numbers, that are directly connected to those that we love the most.

• Our children are the light of our lives. They give meaning to our existence. There is nothing more important to me than Matias & Lucas. My boys are special, but I didn’t realize how extra special they were until I wrote down their birth dates for the first time.  Here is a short video to Illustrate those two awesome days in my life.

• Be sure to watch in full screen by clicking the icon in the lower right corner of the video.

Matias & Lucas, Daddy loves you 🙂

Home - Signature, Gabriel Dusil ('12, shadow, teal, Gab)

 

 

 

 


02.Apr.16 - Prague · Matias & Lucas Dusil's birth date (Beautiful Numbers, premiere pro)

Martial Arts • Kickboxing at TapouT • 3 • Alica & Gabriel

14.Aug - Burlington, Tapout Kickboxing (title)

• In December of 2014 I surprised my sister by coming home for Christmas. While in Burlington, Ontario, Canada I had the privilege to train with Alica at the local TapouT MMA gym, Tapoutburlington.com. This is the third of four workouts we had together. In this session we worked on some kicking drills, spinning back-fist, and weight distribution. We added in strength & conditioning, core strength, and cardio exercises for good measure. Check out the video below.

• I love my sister, and I’m very proud of her. She is an accomplished artist, and has her own company offering Landscape Design & Horticulture services, you can find her website here: DusilDesign.com. I love you, Ali 🙂

Home - Signature, Gabriel Dusil ('12, shadow, teal, Gab)

 

 

 

 

• Martial Arts

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• Ferus Fitness Fight Club in Burlington, Ontario, Canada

• This training methodology is straight from the workout sessions of Karel Ferus, who runs his own fitness club in Prague. Details can be found at fffc.cz or https://www.facebook.com/www.ferus.cz.   If you live in Prague, or plan to visit sometime in the future, feel free to come and train with us. If you are interested in strength & conditioningcore strength, improving your cardio, or just want to learn some self defense, then come by.  For more details then feel free to leave me a comment below.

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14.Dec - Burlington, Tapout Kickboxing (Alica & Gabriel, Day 3, premiere pro)

 

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