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Maigo



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Registered: January 2003
Location: Southwest FLorida
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Happy New Year to everyone!!!

I could not resist this photograph!!! It was defiantly a challenge!

I am still working on the photograph, but thought that this was an interesting way to present the women in the family.

First it was cleaning up all of the oblivious damage, using mostly the clone tool. Then it was on to working on all of the faces. They all had damage, and a lot of what I did was guess work. The little girl in the middle (yellow dress) was especially difficult. It also seemed that “everyone” had some eye damage, but what was so interesting was that they all were looking in different directions.

I wanted to add color, and this presented its own problems because they all had different hair, and skin tones. The small children being barefoot would have spent their time outside, so I gave them a slight suntan. The older girls looked like they could have been working, so I assumed they spent more time indoors, and a bit lighter.

I use Corel Photo Paint, and work with objects, layering them over the original, then my currant version, varying the transparency, sometimes just a hint of the object to keep as true to the original as possible. I have a large library of photos, and if I don’t have what I need, I look for more. I borrow eyes, hair, hands, etc. from these photos. Since this was a family I tried to give them all some of the same features, like eyes & noses.

I hope I have come close to what they might have looked like.
· Date: 1/1/2006 · Views: 5236 · Filesize: 47.3kb, 135.8kb · Dimensions: 800 x 579 ·
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Janet Petty

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Registered: January 2004
Location: Mid-South
Posts: 2,164
1/1/2006 7:39pm

What a novel idea. Great use of your talents and imagination.

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Maigo2

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Registered: January 2003
Location: Southwest FLorida
1/2/2006 11:33am

Hi Janet,

Thanks.

I’ve been working on this off & on for awhile, and I really wanted to post the whole photograph, but there are lots of hands yet to do, so I came up with this. These faces might still change a bit, in the original the little girl in yellow looks like her eyes are half closed, and not as open as I have them, I haven’t quite gotten what I see in the original.

It’s a great photograph, and is a real challenge.
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Shalford
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Solihull - United Kingdom
Posts: 67
1/2/2006 12:41pm

Maigo
I'm really looking forward to seeing your completed Curry Family.
What you have done already looks very special.
The small girl in the middle, with the window behind seems to me to be the hardest to repair. The brightness from the window has confused the camera, leaving very little detail to work with.
Amazing work Maigo - Can't Wait!!!!!!

best regards

Steve

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
1/3/2006 8:29am

Wonderful fine detail restoration work Maigo,

I agree that the girl in front of the breezeway was the toughest to restore.
The one with pigtails and the younger girls were also badly damaged.
They were also extremely difficult to restore.
I like the way you have retained the original background in the portraits.
Facial features and hair look great to me.
The use of color makes the portraits stand out from the frame.

Like you I am making a library of old photos.
I love restoring old photos and often need a hand or foot etc.
There is no way I can draw a hand with my mouse.
So having a library with similar body parts is invaluable.

Never in a million years would I have dreamt of putting the Curry
women in a family portrait tree. That’s 9 difficult portraits, Phew!

Matt
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Maigo2

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Registered: January 2003
Location: Southwest FLorida
1/16/2006 1:23pm

Thanks Steve!
That little girl was very hard to do. Each face was so different, and they all seemed to be looking at different things. When I see a photo like this I always wonder what was happening to draw their attention.

Thank you too Matt.
The girl with the pig tails seemed to have a mischievous look, she was difficult too.
Your right using a mouse has its limitations, but I really appreciate the “undo” button.

The portrait idea came about because I was able to show more of the details this way. If the names & dates are known for them, it might be nice to include this information beneath their picture. It’s a nice gift idea.
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Lorraine

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Registered: September 2001
Location: Flemington, NJ
Posts: 219
1/25/2006 4:35am

Maigo,

What a great idea, and what incredible work in restoring the faces.

Lorraine
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Maigo2

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Registered: January 2003
Location: Southwest FLorida
1/25/2006 6:13pm

Thanks Lorraine,

One of the reasons I did this was so the faces could be seen better. When we reduce it to post, there is always a loss of detail, and it is difficult to see their faces in original. Later I might pick one and do more of portrait, but for now I am done with it.

Another reason was to just showcase the women in this incredible family.

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