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Family • Photo Restoration • 16 • Taci

• My dad was the men’s judo team leader and the head coach of Lokomotíva Košice throughout the 1960’s.  He won a bronze medal in the 1960 junior nationals.  As a senior, my dad always advanced to the final rounds in his weight category and typically ended just behind the medalists in 5th or 6th place. Even more difficult, my dad competed in the heavier weight class, to avoid fighting his older brother. In the early 1960’s, weight classes were up to 68kg (my dad’s fighting weight, in his prime), then up to 80kg and finally, 80+ kg. A judoka weighing 60 kg could compete in the 80+ kg category if desired. Everything being equal, typically the lighter fighter was at a disadvantage.

• Judo weight classes have been revised several times over the years. The weight classes were broader than those in boxing (in increments of 3 to 4 kg). So cutting weight by dieting or visiting a steam bath was far less common in judo than in boxing . Competitive tactics consisted mainly of focusing on the opponent’s weaknesses. Coach  would shout tips during tournaments, such as which grip to use or throw to try. As residents of Košice, a city with a significant Hungarian minority, many knew a bit of that language, so tips during competition were frequently coded in Hungarian. On one occasion a referee tried to prevent one of the Košice coach’s to speak Hungarian during a match. An opposing coach complained that he did not understand. My uncle told him sharply, “learn other languages!” and he clammed up.

• My father and his teammates trained twice per week, in the original gym. As time passed they had more gym time and had proper judo tatami (the special mats needed to absorb the impact of a judo throw). By this time they trained three or more times per week. Women trained separately from the men. In the 1960’s the  judo oddiel of Lokomotíva Košice peaked close to 100 members.

• I miss my dad tremendously.  He would have celebrated his 73rd birthday today.

 Happy Birthday  Taci ♥

I love you,

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

• Taci

If you missed the other Taci posts, you can link to them here:

Digital Photo Restoration

 5 minutes 36 seconds

58 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Poľnohospodárska Technická Škola)
58 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Poľnohospodárska Technická Škola)
59 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil
59 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil
61.Apr – Stankove · Vaclav Dusil

 

 6 minutes 58 seconds

61 - Slovenský raj · Vaclav Dusil, Zuzana & Robert Dusil
61 – Slovenský raj · Vaclav Dusil, Zuzana & Robert Dusil
61 - Slovenský raj · Vaclav Dusil
61 – Slovenský raj · Vaclav Dusil

 

62 - Jazero Vinne · Vaclav Dusil
62 – Jazero Vinne · Vaclav Dusil

 

62 – Brno · Vaclav Dusil & Igor Fridrich

• Postscript by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 October • My dad and Igor Fridrich were best friends.  Their friendship has also carried down to the next generation.

66.Feb - Košice · Eva Kendeova, Vaclav & Karol Dusil (neighbour kids)
66.Feb – Košice · Eva Kendeova, Vaclav & Karol Dusil (neighbour kids)

• Postscript by Eva Dusil • 2014 November • This photo were taken in the yard where Taci lived. It’s the winter of 1966, soon after we started dating (happy memories).  The two boys are from the neighborhood and were also judoka that your father taught.

• Documents & Awards

67.Sep.7 - Košice · Document, Vaclav Dusil (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine , Czech)
67.Sep.7 – Košice · Document, Vaclav Dusil (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine , Czech)
14.Nov - Prague · Vaclav Dusil (sports medals)
14.Nov – Prague · Vaclav Dusil (sports medals)

 

Family • Photo Restoration • 15 • Dusil

• During the communist era very few citizens of the eastern bloc were allowed to travel to the west, except for politicians and sportsmen. Travelling amongst countries such as East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, and Yugoslavia were allowed. But even that was difficult, since the authorities only allowed travel to the eastern block once every two years. Travel to the west on a Czechoslovakian passport required both a “vyjazdna dolozka” (an “exit visa” granted by the passport police) and an entry visa granted by the western country. Only after receiving the “vyjazdna dolozka” (specific to the country of destination) could the traveler apply for an “entry visa”. In addition, the traveler’s employment manager needed to approve the application.

• Top sportsmen from Czechoslovakia would have a number of STB minders when competing in western countries.  STB, or “Štátna tajna bezpečnosť”, is Slovak for “State Secret Security”. Essentially they were the Czechoslovakian equivalent to the Russian KGB. STB minders were present as members of the Czechoslovakian delegation at events such as the Olympics, European or World championships. Despite these minders, some successfully defected to the embarrassment of the communist party – Martina Navratilova (tennis), Václav Nedomanský and Richard Farda (hockey), and many others. In the early 1960’s travel rules and political repression was a bit relaxed. But these political changes were not enough and this led to changes in the communist party hierarchy. It also resulted in the attempted reforms of the new General Secretary, Alexander Dubček, referred today as the Prague Spring. On the 21st of August 1968 the Soviet Union and four other members of the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia to halt Dubček’s reforms. This meant in a renewed orthodox communist grip on Czechoslovakia for the next twenty years.

• Dusil

If you missed the previous posts on Dusil, then click on these links:

• Digital Photo Restoration

News footage from the 21st of August 1968

• In 1969 my uncle requested travel to Paris, His boss asked what would happen to his children. My uncle lied, saying that his children would stay with their relatives. Essentially he was reassuring his boss that my cousins would remain home as “collateral deposit”. This was sufficient to reassure the authorities that the traveler would not defect. On that basis his manager approved their travel request. My uncle subsequently forged his children into the application. They obtained exit visas from the passport police, and then entry visas into France. Ten days later they “forgot” to return. The rest is history…

• Digital Photo Restoration

4 minutes 40 seconds

68.Nov - Košice · Gabriel Dusil
68.Nov – Košice · Gabriel Dusil

 

• Postscript by Eva Dusil • 2014 October • Gabičko, this a very cute photo when you were about two months old. I still remember Nanika commenting how well you were able to hold your head up. Love you, Mom, with happy memories.

• Postscript from me • 2014 October • I think I could have won the award for the roundest head in Czechoslovakia.

 

8 minutes 00 seconds

69.Jan - Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil
69.Jan – Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil
69.Jan - Kosice · Gabriel & Eva Dusil
69.Jan – Kosice · Gabriel & Eva Dusil
69.Jan - Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (cradle)
69.Jan – Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (cradle)
69.Jan - Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (kiss)
69.Jan – Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (kiss)
69.Jan - Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (on Taci's shoulders)
69.Jan – Kosice · Gabriel & Vaclav Dusil (on Taci’s shoulders)

 

• Postscript by Eva Dusil • 2014 September • This photo was taken at Slavo Sykorsky’s villa in Košice, where we lived until we left Czechoslovakia in August 1969 and emigrated to Canada. Prior to Slavo’s place we lived in Pepo Vosecky’s apartment for short time. You were about four months old.

• Postscript from me • 2014 September • Look at that little baby… Precious!

 

69.Apr - Košice · Gabriel Dusil
69.Apr – Košice · Gabriel & Eva Dusil

 

 

8 minutes 19 seconds

69.Sep.4 - Košice · Leaving for Paris (#1)
69.Sep.4 – Košice · Leaving for Paris (#1)
69.Sep.4 - Košice · Leaving for Paris (#2)
69.Sep.4 – Košice · Leaving for Paris (#2)
69.Sep.4 - Košice · Leaving for Paris (#3)
69.Sep.4 – Košice · Leaving for Paris (#3)

 

• Postscript from Eva Dusil • 2014 October • These were taken in Košice on the day before we emigrated. We are at the bus station on our way to Bratislava to catch our flight to Paris the following day. In Bratislava we slept over at a rental apartment with Slavo and Milica Sykorsky. We arrived at Orly Airport in Paris, late in the afternoon on the 5th of September – on Vašek’s birthday. As we landed in France we finally felt free. Our first night was in a university dormatory, since the fall semester had not yet begun. You took your first steps that night. During the trip you had a bad cold, runny nose and fever, but a couple days after arriving in Paris you were fine.■ My father-in-law didn’t know that we were leaving, and later told us he would have informed the authorities.

 

• Tags

Alexander Dubček, dusil.com, Eva Dusil, Eva Kendeova, Erika Dusil, Gabičko, Gabriel Dusil, Igor Fridrich, Karol Dusil, Lokomotiva Košice, Martina Navratilova, Pepo Vosecky, Prague Spring, Richard Farda, Robert Dusil, Slavo Sykorsky, STB, Stefan Bartus, Truncheon Law, Vaclav Dusil, Vašek Dusil, Václav Nedomanský, Vlado Makovsky, vyjazdna dolozka, Warsaw Pact invasion, Štátna bezpečnosť, Štátna tajna bezpečnosť


69.Sep.4 - Košice · Leaving for Paris (#1, thumbnail)

 

 

Relationships • Photo Restoration • 14 • Gabičko • Heather

• Our earliest relationships shape our personality more than any that follow. Our adult personality forms significantly during our teenager years. Those traits are influenced by our partner as much as theirs are formed in front of our eyes. When we enter new relationships later in life, there is an inevitable divergence in that cerebral connection. As we get older it seems to be more difficult to find that compatibility, because our personalities are in constant divergence.

• Heather went on to veterinary studies at Guelph University. She was one of five volunteers from the Aldershot Animal Hospital who eventually became veterinarians. The others were Wayne Cot, Ellen Kinzl, Leann Benedetti, and Mary-Jane Ireland. Some came back to the animal hospital after graduating to work for my mom – this time as veterinarians. Some people are lucky enough to know what they want to be at a very young age.  Heather knew that she wanted to help animals as early as eight years old. She now has a very successful clinic, and works very hard.  I’m proud of her.

• Heather

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

• Digital Photo Restoration

 6 minutes 44 seconds

87.Jun.11 - Burlington · Heather Brown & Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 – Burlington · Heather Brown & Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil & Heather Brown (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil & Heather Brown (high school prom)
89.Jun - Burlington · Heather Brown & Gabriel Dusil (Sharkey's brunch, Roman's graduation)
89.Jun – Burlington · Heather Brown & Gabriel Dusil (Sharkey’s brunch, Roman’s graduation)
89.Sep.5 - Burlington · Heather Brown (w. Judd, Aldershot Animal Hospital)
89.Sep.5 – Burlington · Heather Brown (w. Judd, Aldershot Animal Hospital)
87.Jul.25 - Hamilton · Erika, Vašek Vasak, Eva, Alica, Heather Brown & Gabriel Dusil (Wendy Evan's wedding)
87.Jul.25 – Hamilton · Erika, Vašek Vasak, Eva, Alica, Heather Brown & Gabriel Dusil (Wendy Evan’s wedding)
88.Sep.18 - Burlington · Heather Brown, Gabriel, Eva, Roman & Alica Dusil (birthday)
88.Sep.18 – Burlington · Heather Brown, Gabriel, Eva, Roman & Alica Dusil (birthday)
90 - Burlington · Heather Brown (Aldershot Animal Hospital waiting room with dog)
90 – Burlington · Heather Brown (Aldershot Animal Hospital waiting room with dog)
90.Jun - Burlington · Heather Brown (high school prom)
90.Jun – Burlington · Heather Brown (high school prom)
90.Jun - Burlington · Heather Brown (high school prom, beautiful hair)
90.Jun – Burlington · Heather Brown (high school prom, beautiful hair)
90.Jun - Burlington · Heather Brown (high school prom, beautiful dress)
90.Jun – Burlington · Heather Brown (high school prom, beautiful dress)

87.Jun.11 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil & Heather Brown (high school prom, premiere pro)

Martial Arts • Photo Restoration • 13 • Košice Judo • Memories of Judo, I

• Introduction by Ing. Maria ‘Cuna’ Cabanová • 2005 April 20 • Translation & Editing by Gabriel Dusil

• I started judo in 1961. I was an economic student and my classmate and best friend Erika Mešterová persuaded me to try the sport. At the time our judo facilities were in a small building in Petrov Sad, Košice. We had to share the facilities with the TJ (Telovýchovná jednota) Lokomotíva Košice wrestlers and boxers. The room where we practiced was covered with soft mats, more suited to wrestling than for judo. The building wasn’t heated so in the winter when we came to train, the mats were covered with a layer of frost. We had to wear socks on our feet, otherwise our feet would freeze. In such cold facilities no one took it easy during training. Everyone wanted to warm up quickly with a lot of movement. After training we showered under ice-cold water.

• After completion of the indoor swimming pool in Košice in 1963, our building became part of the swimming community, so we no longer had a place to train. In early September the team organized a march in the center of town with a goal to find a new gym. The event was a success and for some time we rolled around in Room 4 of the Technical University’s dormitory on Vysokoškolska ulice (street). Later we moved to the school gymnasium on Gemerská street. We also bought our own mats, ordered by Robert Dusil somewhere in Bohemia. The training facilities weren’t only for judoka so we only had a few reserved hours each week. The girls needed to train with the boys. Men trained under the guidance of Vašek and Robert Dusil, and the girls were under the leadership of Karol Dusil. Each workout started with laying the mats and stretching the canvas.

• The following school year we moved to the Cadets facilities on Komenského ulici. There we had separate training from the boys, and never trained with them again. In later years we also trained on Podhradová. When I first arrived, the girls were trained by Juraj Mazánek, aka. Hoszu. After a short time he was replaced by Dušan Halász, who we called Marmot. When he departed to military service Karol Dusil took over. Kajo, as we all called him, gave his entire soul to coaching. The first championships titles for Czechoslovakia were awarded to Julka Tóthová in Nuremberg, Germany in 1962 (Unfortunately she is no longer among us). Next champions were Božena Glaubicova-Mikušákova and Hanka Demáčkova in Košice in 1966. The most successful year for women’s Košice judo was in 1967. The Czechoslovakian championship that year was held in Žilina. Winning in their weight classes were Juca Ujjobbágyova, Erika Tordová-Királyová, Valika Zelenayová-Záhradníková and Maja Polončáková. In 1968 in Prague, additional championship titles were won by Milka Kojecká-Mišková and Božena Glaubicova. Gold metals were also awarded to Marta Ujjobágyová and Magda Antolíková. At that time, Košice women’s judo was the best team in Czechoslovakia. In 1968 in Košice took first place in the unofficial national championships. Kajo trained the women until he immigrated to Canada in September 1969.

• Košice Judo

If you missed my previous posts on Košice Judo, you’ll find links to them here:

• Digital Photo Restoration

 5 minutes 51 seconds

62 - Košice · Pepo Vosecky, Ivan Krizko, Mato Mohr, Robert, Vaclav Dusil & Csaba Kende
62 – Košice · Pepo Vosecky, Ivan Krizko, Mato Mohr, Robert, Vaclav Dusil & Csaba Kende
62 - Košice · Pepo Vosecky (judo flip)
62 – Košice · Pepo Vosecky (judo flip)
61 - Nitra · Edo Novak, x, x, Robert & Vaclav Dusil, Joe Nalevanko, (judo)
61 – Nitra · Edo Novak, x, x, Robert & Vaclav Dusil, Joe Nalevanko, (judo)
61 - Košice · x, Halasz, x, Jozef Grusecky, Nalevanko, Kende, Nyaryas, Ivan Spisak, Juraj Mazanek, Vlado Babilonsky, Pavel Petrivalsky, x, x, Urban, Vojtech Agyagos, Laco Hluchan, x, Vaclav & Robert Dusil
61 – Košice · x, Halasz, x, Jozef Grusecky, Nalevanko, Kende, Nyaryas, Ivan Spisak, Juraj Mazanek, Vlado Babilonsky, Pavel Petrivalsky, x, x, Urban, Vojtech Agyagos, Laco Hluchan, x, Vaclav & Robert Dusil
61 - Košice · Sano Drabcak, Edo Novak, Vaclav & Robert Dusil
61 – Košice · Sano Drabcak, Edo Novak, Vaclav & Robert Dusil
61 - Košice · Juraj Bialko, Erika Mesterova-Dusilova, x, x, Joe Nalevanko, x, x, x, Vaclav Dusil (station)
61 – Košice · Juraj Bialko, Erika Mesterova-Dusilova, x, x, Joe Nalevanko, x, x, x, Vaclav Dusil (station)
60 - Košice · Joe Nalevanko, Vaclav, Robert Dusil, Ludvik Wolf, Juraj Mazanek & Ladislav Magyar (judo dojo)
60 – Košice · Joe Nalevanko, Vaclav, Robert Dusil, Ludvik Wolf, Juraj Mazanek & Ladislav Magyar (judo dojo)

 

• Documents & Articles

66.Jun.18 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil (judo Article, Rudé Právo, Lokomotivy VSŽ Košice)
66.Jun.18 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil (judo Article, Rudé Právo, Lokomotivy VSŽ Košice)
68.Dec.10 - Bratislava · Vaclav Dusil (Article, Šport Bratislava, Judisti Lokomotiva Košice do 1. ligy)
68.Dec.10 – Bratislava · Vaclav Dusil (Article, Šport Bratislava, Judisti Lokomotiva Košice do 1. ligy)
69.Jun.26 - Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Article, Večer, Žiakom dosť mužom málo)
69.Jun.26 – Košice · Vaclav Dusil (Article, Večer, Žiakom dosť mužom málo)

 


 

60 - Košice · Joe Nalevanko, Vaclav, Robert Dusil, Ludvik Wolf, Juraj Mazanek & Ladislav Magyar (judo dojo, premiere pro)


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 • 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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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

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

• Digital Photo Restoration

 6 minutes 30 seconds

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)