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Doug Colwell


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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
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Gave this 6 or 7 shots of usm to get high contrast, then alt masked and painted in white with low op. brush where I wanted to restore darker features that had faded - facial features, tie, pants, dark part of blouse etc. Then adjusted the result to 50% opacity. Did levels and masks a few times, cloned the damage, reverted back to original shirt as my leveling had blown out all the detail there. Spent alot of time cloning, burning, dodging and blurring along the edges to create the illusion of focus. Usm'd a couple more times to sharpen eyes, lips and ears. Finished up with Neat Image to reduce grain and slightly sharpen, then zoomed in and cloned out artifacts.
· Date: 1/3/2005 · Views: 6708 · Filesize: 37.3kb, 155.3kb · Dimensions: 800 x 1060 ·
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
1/6/2005 2:47pm

This is the most unpopular challenge on RetouchPRO.
2797 people have looked at the original and only 10 submitted re-touches.
It’s easy to see why!
It’s grainy and full of white specks.
The faces and central area is blown out.
Composition is terrible with that ugly radio sliding off the couch.
And worst of all it’s badly out of focus.

Great job on restoring tonal values and removing grain.
Like you I had to select blurred edges and cloned on either side to
make things look a little sharper.
This is as good as it gets with this awful photo.

Matt
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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
1/7/2005 3:52pm

Brings back memories of the many dingy basement suites I mis-spent my youth in (a decade later I'm guessing). I'm also guessing that radio has a turntable on top (and a Bobby Darin record playing 'Mack the Knife'). Thanks for the comment Matt.
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sukku
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Registered: December 2004
Location: India, Bangalore
Posts: 6
1/7/2005 4:47pm

Great Job mate. Not an easy one by a long shot. I stared n stared n stared n gave up :teeth: You shoud try Noise Ninja if you can. I think its got better control on the noise... but I aint no expert on this stuff.. im guessing u'll like it.
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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
1/9/2005 7:30pm

Thanks Sukku. I looked at the Noise Ninja review at 'Luminous-Landscape.com' and it'll be going on my wish list. Thanks for the tip.
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