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Manipulation Challenge #34 - Original
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Doug Nelson



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Registered: August 2001
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Produced by Mathew Brady's studio
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division LC-USZ62-110195
MEDIUM: half plate daguerreotype, gold toned.
CREATED/PUBLISHED: between 1851 and 1860

This is part Restoration Challenge, part Retouching Challenge, but mostly its a Manipulation Challenge because I doubt very seriously if much of the original will be included in most entries.

Finding a very old photo of a young lady with a pleasant expression on her face was a daunting task. Evidently they nailed them in place or something back then, because most of the images have severe frowns, wrinkled brows, etc.

But I like this image. She is looking directly at the viewer (another anomaly) and has some obvious character in her eyes.

So, here's the Challenge:
Take this portrait from 150 years ago and make it look like it was taken a week ago. Study this woman, imagine what she'd be like today, and how she'd want her portrait done in 2003. The idea is not to simply make a modern-looking portrait from an old picture, but to make a modern portrait of this same woman. I'm guessing she's in her early to mid-20s, so that would make her born around 1980. What would her life be like today if everything was the same for her except the year of her birth?

Challenge: Transport this woman into Summer 2003

Do your best, and post the results here using the following guidelines:
  • Make sure you're using the largest version of the Challenge photo
  • Enter your name in "Enter a title for the photo"
  • Enter the Challenge type and number in "Descriptive Keywords" (ie: "Photo-Art Challenge #501" or "Manipulation Challenge #132"
  • Include a complete description of the steps you used under "Photo Description". (You might want to write it elsewhere and paste it here)
  • Attach your file as an 800 pixel wide JPG file, compressed so that the overall file is under 200k (this usually means 60% compression).
  • Make sure you post to the correct Challenge
  • If you expect any comments for your entry, offer your comments to other entries

As always, there are no winners, no losers, no prizes, only a sharing and learning opportunity for everyone.

How you retouch and how much you retouch is up to you, as long as you fulfill the Challenge. Have fun, and good luck!

NOTE: As is the case for ALL RetouchPRO Challenges, there is NO expiration date on this Challenge. Even after other Challenges go up, feel free to upload your version
· Date: 8/4/2003 · Views: 12934 · Filesize: 82.7kb, 371.2kb · Dimensions: 1800 x 2236 ·
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czar
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Registered: September 2004
Location: Georgia
9/25/2004 12:40pm

very nice!

Keep Smilin!
George
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