Hello Friends and Family,

Link to this year's index by clicking here.

[Ed. note: Originally published January 8, 2007. Republished now in memory of our painful loss nearly 14 years ago.]

Thoughts of Kona

Another year has passed and again, those of us who loved her, observe the sad anniversary of Kona's tragic death from ovarian cancer. It is hard to believe that it is now nine years later and yet, the pain remains.

Anyone who experiences the loss of a loved one must find a way to deal with the grief. For some, it is group therapy — for others, it is drugs or alcohol. For me, it was Photoshop. I owned an HP PC that had a slot with a small scanner. I used that to scan negatives and prints then manipulate them and print the improved version. I was hooked. There were many evenings when I sat down at the computer after dinner to work on my photos — and time would pass so quickly that it would be bedtime before I knew it. As I said, I was hooked and only a brief time before I felt the need to upgrade my PC and printer — a process that continues today.

So I thought I might share some of my early Photoshop work which consisted mostly of photos of Kona.

The JPG photos do not adequately show how the technology of digital photography has improved. Since I have prints of these same photos, I can see (please take my word for it) that we are light-years ahead — plus my skill has improved over these initial humble efforts on my part.

One blessing that Kona left us are her two wonderful adult offspring (can't call them kids anymore). Below left is an old photo of Hogan and Jiyoung in Korea, wearing Korean traditional clothing. The color shift was significant and I worked very hard to remove it, resulting in the improved version below right.

The photo below is from Jiyoung's 2006 Christmas card showing her husband Brad, herself, and their two kids, Jillian and Jake. It's hard to believe that that cute little girl on the above photo now has cute kids of her own. Kona would be such a proud grandmother.

As I wrote last year, "So when I say to you to remember the important things in life, I am not referring to your job — work will always be there — take the time to be with your family and friends — and make it quality time. Those are the memories that you, and they, will cherish forever."

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com