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Monumental challenge
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Doug Colwell


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Spent alot of time just trying to figure out what was what in this one, and I'm not too sure I guessed right. Did a basic levels so I could see better. Started cloning on the family and the bg. Straightened the photo, and tried to rebuild the statue/monument?(and dad's shoe). Not sure about the big block on the right. Applied usm to whole pic, then again to just the family and right side of monument. Softened skin with guassian blur painted on a mask. Touched-up blotchy areas with burn and dodge. Did a final levels.
re-submitted with a slightly happier mom, then not so happy, then just a bit happier.
· Date: 11/5/2004 · Views: 14582 · Filesize: 31.1kb, 168.6kb · Dimensions: 800 x 1044 ·
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vijayan

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Registered: January 2003
Location: Trivandrum, India
Posts: 73
11/6/2004 1:31am

Doug, Excellent... the addition to the basic image is now well balancing and got a new look... But the ambience of the original picture is some thing defferent I think. It is not a problem to appreciate this fantastic restoration...............

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Thanks,

Vijayan
vijayan@nova-concepts.com
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Doug Colwell
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11/6/2004 1:56am

Thanks Vijayan, I suspect this challenge will result in many (quite different) interpretations. Looking forward to your take.
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Marc

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Registered: January 2004
Location: Leverkusen, Germany
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11/6/2004 6:14am

Great work... excellent! You did a great job on this, the restoration of the left wall looks like real, and you worked wonders on the faces.
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
11/6/2004 8:13am

Great work Doug,

For the life of me I couldn't make any sense
out of the weird structures on the left and right.
I really like what you've done with it.
I only have 19 hours work left on this 20-hour restoration.
I'm hoping to finish it before Christmas.
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Mark Slater
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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11/6/2004 10:38am

Amazing work Doug,
I like the way you achieve such clarity from so much mess!!
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Doug Colwell
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11/6/2004 12:49pm

Thank you Marc, Matt and Mark. Matt, I was convinced it was a house with window, awning and air-conditioner. Looking again, I'm pretty sure now it's an ATM - maybe you should go with that.
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Neve

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Registered: July 2004
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11/6/2004 7:36pm

This result is a credit to your capabilities. I gave up after one look at it....!

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Cheers
Pauline
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Angie B

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Registered: October 2004
Location: NC
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11/6/2004 8:30pm

I cannot beliwve how well you restored the faces of the baby and mom. I have been working on this forever and my mom's pic looks like a completely different person. Great work! One newbie question though, what do you mean by applied usm to the image?
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Doug Colwell
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11/6/2004 9:07pm

Thanks Neve and Angie. Angie, un-sharp mask filter (if you use photoshop a setting of amount=20, radius=50, threshold=0 is often used to enhance contrast). Works great on flat or fuzzy pics. Faces are tough sometimes - I'm still fiddling with mom's smile.
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Angie B

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11/7/2004 1:35pm

Thanks Doug. I have used the unsharp mask filter but didn't recognize the abbreviation. I appreciate you taking the time to explain it.
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Shalford
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11/7/2004 2:09pm

Doug - What can I say.

"The work of a master!"

Best Regards

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Steve
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Doug Colwell
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11/7/2004 3:16pm

Thank you Steve - hope you have to time to join in! Angie, I suspected as much - my real job has conditioned me to over-use TLA's (three letter acronyms).
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asit
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Registered: November 2004
11/9/2004 12:46am

I am speechless! I saw the pic and decided not to go with it.

Great Job.
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Timbo

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Registered: July 2004
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11/9/2004 10:51am

Nice one Doug. Not much else to say that hasn't already been said.

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It's better to burn out than fade away!
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Doug Colwell
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11/10/2004 10:09pm

Thank you asit and Tim.
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