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Restoration Challenge #79 3rd Auto
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Mark Slater


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Registered: October 2003
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 9
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I could continue to pick at this for days.

No secrets for the restoration.
Tone map (curves), lots of cloning, "healing", some blur tool, bits of dodge and burn and some paint brush and smudge for detail such as driver's right eye and mouth.
I would have liked to restore the shop sign hanging at the top but there wasn't enough pixels.

To be self critical, I wasn't able to get more contrast without blowing out shadow and highlight so I left it as you see. I don't mind leaving some grain but this had so much noise It almost needed a coat of paint!

Despite the difficulties, I enjoyed working on this.

Finally, I hope it has been OK to upload image with resolution set so the short side is 800px.
· Date: 6/6/2005 · Views: 6521 · Filesize: 27.9kb, 192.0kb · Dimensions: 1402 x 800 ·
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Mark Slater
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 9
6/6/2005 8:00am

Oops, I started this a while ago and there were some initial steps I took.
Used select by colour to catch the blotches. Massaged this selection adding and deleting bits then using the selection copied the base image to a new layer. Darkened this layer (probably with curves) and erased any parts I found that were detail rather than blotch.
Added an overlay adjustment layer and a multiply layer copy with high transparency before merging layers (flattened). This provided a base for further adjustments.
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
6/7/2005 5:35am

Fine work Mark,
Good restoration on the road, car, men and background.
Gee, there was a lot of work in this one.
I like your decision to upload at 800px high.
This is a busy photo with lots to look at.

Matt
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Shalford
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Solihull - United Kingdom
Posts: 67
6/8/2005 5:57am

I can see a lot of good work has gone into this restore Mark.
Superb work on the car's lamps and bodywork., and you have also brought out a lot of detail in the background - Brilliant

Mind you what else should I expect from a fellow countryman of Matt !!

Well done

Steve

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Mark Slater
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 9
6/9/2005 8:35am

Gee, thanks a lot for your kind comments, Matt and Steve.
It's handy to have such a talented fellow Aussie around. Helps to give a bit of confidence.
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cazubi

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Registered: February 2005
Location: Los Angeles area
Posts: 352
6/10/2005 10:04pm

A very nice restore, Mark. You really brought back the detail...the car looks great.

Cathy
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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
6/12/2005 1:28pm

Great job Mark. No stone left unrestored. Can't think of anything that would improve on what you've done.
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Mark Slater
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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6/16/2005 11:04am

Thank you Cathy and Doug for your kind comments.
Sorry I'm so long coming back to acknowledge.
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