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Bloated Goat
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Matt Roberts



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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
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To me this was a wonderful old photo from the 1920s.
I wondered what it would look like colored.
But there was a problem, it looked so very small at 600 wide.

Upsizing old photo’s is rarely a good idea.
When I upsized my restoration I took the expected hit in loss of sharpness.
I decided to sharpen before coloring to avoid fringing.
I sharpened using the high pass filter and overlay blending method.

Then it was a big repair, select and color job.
The faces were tough going at this size.
I was never going to get the sharpness of a smaller version.
I was also worried about getting a good white color on the goat.
I think I’ve got him looking a bit like a Christmas tree.

I took a lot of time doing this one but I enjoyed working on it.

Matt
· Date: 7/9/2004 · Views: 16130 · Filesize: 52.1kb, 193.8kb · Dimensions: 928 x 700 ·
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Marc

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Registered: January 2004
Location: Leverkusen, Germany
Posts: 13
7/9/2004 4:04pm

Astonishing work... cool! You repaired everything and gave the goat its shadow back. Simply great.
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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
7/9/2004 4:16pm

Wonderful job Matt. Nice work on the grass, hedge and flower pot. The kids look great and the goat washing and grooming looks good (on a city goat). On second look I'm thinking the other capstones (and the stone in the middle of the wall) should be white-ish.
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maestro

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Registered: April 2004
Location: Baldwinsville, NY
7/9/2004 11:31pm

Awesome job, Matt!

I was amazed at the amount of detail you were able to preserve. Trying to sharpen the image acceptably at its original size was near impossible (at least for me), but enlarging the photo first and giving yourself more room for sharpening was a brilliant idea - I wish I'd thought of it! The only suggestion I have would be to include some color variation in the lawn and the brick wall to make them look a bit less "colorized". Excellent restoration!

maestro
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Cvandever

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Registered: May 2003
Location: Crossville, TN
Posts: 3
7/12/2004 1:46pm

agree with maestro some variation would look nice. Sometimes I use clouds filter to speed up that process. OVERALL GREAT WORK
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Phillip Whitt
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Registered: February 2003
Location: Columbus,GA
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7/12/2004 4:52pm

As always, Matt, great work!
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steve glomski

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Registered: June 2004
Location: Chester UK
7/12/2004 5:52pm

Hi Matt,agree with rest, you're really good mate !
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Nick Carter

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Registered: March 2002
Location: Leichhardt, Queensland, Australia
Posts: 12
7/12/2004 7:04pm

Hi! Matt
Very interesting, the Goat has come out well
Nick
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
7/13/2004 8:12am

Thanks to all for the comments,
I enjoyed coloring this wonderful old photo.
Nearly as much as an earlier challenge with kids - "Dog Day's"

Maestro and Cvandever - I always like suggestions on improving my submissions.
I'll put more variation in large areas of color in future.

Matt
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pjb

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Registered: August 2002
Location: Casselberry, Florida
Posts: 74
7/13/2004 5:56pm

great job. you really brought out the detail lost.

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Neve

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Australia
Posts: 836
7/21/2004 8:39am

Your attention to detail is superb. A job very well done.

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Punch
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Registered: June 2004
Posts: 46
7/31/2004 4:40pm

Hi...

This is a great restoration. I only hope to be able to learn to do as well.

Just one comment. The children seem to stand out from the background a bit. Maybe a little softening of the outlines would help??

Kent
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ckc108

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Registered: August 2003
Location: Singapore
Posts: 1
10/26/2004 7:13pm

To me this is one tough photo to work on. It looks simple at first but can be hair pulling maddness... You did a great job on it. Cheers

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
10/26/2004 8:36pm

Thanks to all for your comments,

ckc108 - I too thought this was going to be a fast restoration.
I was wrong. It's always hard going on blurred photos.

Matt
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cazubi

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Registered: February 2005
Location: Los Angeles area
Posts: 352
3/12/2005 8:10pm

I think that you did a great job on this image. You really brought back the detail and I like the way that you colored it. Good job.

Cathy
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mhkitty8880

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Registered: August 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 44
8/30/2006 12:15pm

Ooh! Pretty! I love it colorized like this. Isn't that picture cool? I love that a goat's pulling their cart. Ha! We need a goat at our house, I think! Anyway, , wonderful job! -Meg

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