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Matt Roberts



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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
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This is the widest I have ever submitted.
But there are so many people in this family portrait.
I felt it added interest in this wonderful old photo to
be able to see the faces of the family members.

I had to borrow an eye, nose and mouth from undamaged folks to repair badly damaged faces. It was hard work for me with the children’s faces.

I used the dust and scratches filter on selected areas.
I tried my best not to use too strong a setting and get a blurry effect.

The roof was a nightmare. I repaired a section with the clone tool and copied it over damaged areas.

I did the front of the house with the patch and clone tools.
It was painstaking work but I didn’t want a blurred look.

Phew! This one was one big tough restoration.
Best Wishes to all who do it.

Matt
· Date: 5/7/2004 · Views: 8577 · Filesize: 44.8kb, 196.3kb · Dimensions: 1200 x 870 ·
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Janet Petty

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Registered: January 2004
Location: Mid-South
Posts: 2,164
5/7/2004 5:46pm

Borrowing a cliche from the times describes your work well...positively AWESOME! Only one person looks a little out of touch and I don't think she could have turned out much better in any case. Keep up the good work.

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Xaran
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Registered: October 2003
Location: East Sussex, England
Posts: 534
5/8/2004 1:12am

Excellent work Matt - definitely a gold star - how long did it take?

Christine
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Lorraine

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Registered: September 2001
Location: Flemington, NJ
Posts: 219
5/8/2004 5:33am

Wow!!!! This is a great job, Matt.

Lorraine
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
5/8/2004 9:43am

Thanks Janet, Christine and Lorraine,

Janet - I had real trouble with faces of the blonde in the middle and the little fellow second left. I need to practice facial work on photos like this.

Christine - I did this over three nights. It's hard to say how long I took. I do small sections then have a break and later come back and do more.
This one needed lots of work. I would have spent 4 hours plus on it.

Matt
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Gary Richardson

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Registered: March 2004
Location: Yorkshire, England
Posts: 2,717
5/8/2004 10:40am

Excellent work Matt, I know how much you had to do on this one. The roof has one minor fault, it's a little sharp. Compare the LH edge of the roof to the LH edge of the porch below, it's much sharper, a little blurring would improve it. Great job on the faces.

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
5/8/2004 11:16am

Gary - your right. My roof selection was far too sharp.
I used a 1 pixel feather but should have used 2 or 3.
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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
5/8/2004 3:36pm

Roof looks great and I like how you defined the left side of the house. I really like how you handled the blown-out breeze-way and restored even tones and contrast to all the family members. Most of all, I think you've demonstrated the value of good old-fashioned elbow grease.
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Marc

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Registered: January 2004
Location: Leverkusen, Germany
Posts: 13
5/9/2004 9:14am

Excellent work!
The faces are excellent and the new roof is a blast... stunning.
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johnim
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Registered: April 2004
Posts: 3
5/9/2004 9:19am

Great job on the faces Matt I'd be proud to hang this photo.
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ACTUAL iMAGE

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Registered: September 2003
Location: Gurnee, IL
Posts: 4
5/9/2004 10:56am

I'm astounded by this job. I wasn't even gonna touch this one. Beautiful!

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pjb

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Registered: August 2002
Location: Casselberry, Florida
Posts: 74
5/9/2004 2:24pm

Outstanding work. You made a new picture out of a mess. Anyone would be proud to show this

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Shalford
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Solihull - United Kingdom
Posts: 67
5/11/2004 9:08am

As I have said in my own entry, your patience is incredible Matt!
Full of admiration for this.
Brilliant!

Steve

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
5/12/2004 6:48am

Thanks to all for the comments,

This is one of my favorite photos.
Along with Africa and Dog Days.
I loved the way the large family was lined up according to height.
And that great 1900 wooden house adds so much interest to the photo.

Matt
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vijayan

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Registered: January 2003
Location: Trivandrum, India
Posts: 73
5/18/2004 3:24am

Matt,
Excellent,.....clear,......sharp......

vijayan

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Thanks,

Vijayan
vijayan@nova-concepts.com
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Syble
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Registered: May 2004
5/18/2004 7:39am

I really like this one. I appreciate all the work, wasn't sure if it could be restored, but it looks great. I would appreciate it if you would send me a higher resolution so that I might be able to print it. Thanks so much. syble2@sbcglobal.net
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