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Matt Roberts



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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
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Boy, this one took time and effort.
I wasnít sure what to do with the damaged structures.

I used the free transform tool to straighten this photo.
And cropped it at the top.

The faces Ė I didnít do much here other than lightening shadows,
fixing Momís nose, babyís eye and mouth and the manís mouth.
I didnít push too hard for fear of losing the original facial features.

Shoes Ė The manís shoes werenít too hard to do.
Mom looked as though she was wearing sandals.
It took me a long time to do the sandals.

I thought I saw Dadís hand on Momís arm. Not sure though.
Straightened the lower part of Dadís trousers.
Tried to remove some of the grain from the clothing

Monument on left? Ė I spent a lot of time patching, cloning and
shaping. Still donít know what it is.

Wall on right Ė Lots more cloning and toning plus sandstone texture.

Thatís it! Iím too tired to do another thing. Except get a strong drink.
I donít want to see another restoration for a month. Well, at least 2 weeks.

Best Wishes to all who battle with this tough one,
Matt
Date: 11/9/2004 ∑ Views: 7221 ∑ Filesize: 33.0kb, 184.5kbDimensions: 750 x 853 ∑
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Angie B

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Registered: October 2004
Location: NC
Posts: 13
11/9/2004 2:06am

I love the texture you applied to the wall and how balanced the overall image looks now. You did a great job on the structure also (whatever it is).
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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
11/10/2004 10:10pm

Super clean and nicely defined edges really improve the focus. The monument thingy looks very realistic (perspective wise, the base line might be inclined a tad more upward on the right). You've done a terrific job on the shoes, pants, skirt, wall and mom's hair. Great work digging the facial features out of the shadows, maybe a little darker lips on mom? Also agree with Angie that your cropping (didn't notice at first how the sky had fallen) really makes for a nice compostition.
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
11/11/2004 8:32am

Thanks for the comments Angie and Doug,

I would have liked to done more work on Mom and Dad's faces.
But I was tired and called it quits. You could spend forever tweaking this.

Doug - I thought there was just too much of that ugly upper side of the building. Resulting in the sky falling.
I would have liked to pinch your idea of having a bend
in the wall on the right. I think that was a great move.

Matt
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Neve

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Australia
Posts: 836
11/11/2004 9:18pm

Well done Matt! Superb effort. I took a look at this one and decided to have some "time out" for fun challenges for a while.

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Cheers
Pauline
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
11/13/2004 9:12am

Neve - Wise move to put this one in the do later basket.
You need lots of spare time to do justice to a photo this badly damaged.
I wasn't sure I would have time to do this monumental restoration.
But I twisted my ankle and had a week off work. So I had time to do it.
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Shalford
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Solihull - United Kingdom
Posts: 67
11/16/2004 4:34pm

Matt

I really feel tired just thinking of the work that went into this!!
I keep looking at the challenge - and say tomorrow.
Great work on new shoes for mum and dad.
Have you thought about working in the building industry, - you seem to have the design talents Matt!!

The maestro's at it again!! - well done.

Cheers

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
11/18/2004 10:49am

Steve Ė There wasnít an inch of the original that didnít need repairing.
Doug was right. This was one monumental restoration.
I can see how the owner of this photo put in 20 hours work.

The hardest part for me was the ladies shoes.
They looked like flippers in the original.
It took a lot of time to fashion some suitable footwear.

Aaaaaaaaaargh! Working in he building industry?
My sights are firmly set on retirement from work.
Followed by a long leisurely trip around Australia with my canon d300.

Best Wishes
Matt
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