I saw this photo on the National Library of Ireland’s Commons stream. I loved it for a variety of reasons and eventually decided I’d like to have a real copy for my office. Unfortunately, the largest version on Flickr was 1768 x 1937.
I wrote in the Flickr comments asking about a larger version but there was no response after a few days so I followed up with the contact information from their website. That led to some correspondence and I took a gamble buying a digital copy for 7 Euros (about $10). Pixel dimensions were unknown but it was TIFF and 600dpi. At worst, I made a donation to the National Library of Ireland.
I’ve been playing around with that TIFF file and seeing what I could do with Image Trace in Adobe Illustrator. It’s pretty impressive what it can do. I’ve jacked up the size considerably and will be curious to see what it looks like printed in large format.
You can see some of the difference that comes from upping the number of angles in the trace below.
All things considered the whole scenario is amazing. I can randomly come across photographs from the 1870s . . . from Ireland . . . get in touch with a library across the ocean . . . get a digital copy in less than a week . . . and then be able to create a fully scalable version using software available to regular humans.