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Matt Roberts



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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
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Gee there was a lot of work in this one.
Removing the dark spots took ages.
I straightened the roof a bit and clone cleaned it.
The plain sky looked a little bland so I added some faint clouds.
I enlarged the photo to 5 times its normal size,
then one by one I repaired clothing and faces.
I was dizzy at the finish; so many people and all needed retouching.
I am sure I missed some things but I’m all cloned out.

I have never submitted a restoration this wide before.
800 wide is a good size for portraits and most challenges.
But this is a landscape photo with so so many people in it.
I kept it large because I felt it gave a much clearer view
of the clothing and most importantly the faces.
I tried hard to enhance facial detail of all in the photo.

I have an aching thumb.
There must have been 10,000 mouse clicks in this restoration.

Matt
· Date: 2/26/2006 · Views: 14587 · Filesize: 38.7kb, 195.8kb · Dimensions: 1280 x 775 ·
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solitear

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Registered: February 2004
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 264
2/26/2006 2:52pm

OMG . . . I bow down in humble adoration of your awesome talent !!! I downloaded this one but gave up because NOTHING I tried worked ....... I have submitted a request to have you annointed Supreme Commander of all things ..... dotted ...... really a great job, Matt.

Beth
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Marc

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Registered: January 2004
Location: Leverkusen, Germany
Posts: 13
2/26/2006 4:59pm

Looks great! Restoring this picture must have been a real pain - and I doubt I'll continue my efforts on this one

One small note: I suppose the "dark something" above the fourth person from the left side is a mold spot which does not belong to the original picture.
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
2/26/2006 9:15pm

Thanks for the commemts Beth and Marc,

Marc - I went to the original and had a hard look at that dark stain.
A few darker stains on it made me miss it.
I removed the stain and uploaded a new version.
I think it looks better with that weird stain gone.
Thanks for your help.

Matt
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David Bailey

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Registered: March 2005
Posts: 1
2/27/2006 2:55am

It's a brilliant job.You obviously have the patience of several saints!

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marlenes
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Registered: December 2005
2/27/2006 8:20am

great jog matt!! so... what did you do to get the spots out? I touched this one for about 15 minutes, but have been so busy, I haven't had the time to spend... anyway this looks great. I can't wait till I have enough time to devote to it.
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marlenes
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Registered: December 2005
2/27/2006 12:08pm

oops. great job! (i mean)
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
2/27/2006 5:29pm

David - I was housebound by rain over the weekend
and had plenty of spare time to work on this.

Marlenes - Those spots were a real pain.
I removed the spots on the ground and trees with the patch tool.
But the spots on the house and people were much tougher.
I dabbed on them with the dodge tool to lighten and reveal detail beneath.
Then I used the clone tool to complete the removal.

Matt
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marlenes
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Registered: December 2005
2/28/2006 2:18pm

sounds good. So far what I've done is the patch tool on the tree and ground, but I realize the people won't work that way. I gotta get my work done so I can play!! And again, great job.
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philbach

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Registered: March 2003
Location: Belgium, Wi
Posts: 1,332
3/1/2006 5:12pm

Very Nice Matt. It does not look like there are any short cuts to make this easier. You will notice that there have not been many submissions to this challange. I wonder why. Gee it looks like it may rain here in a few days.

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
3/2/2006 12:52am

Phil - I couldn't see any shortcuts in this one.
It was old-fashioned cloning and toning all the way
There are just so many people in this wonderful old photo.
Fine detail like eyes, tips of noses and mouths
were often just a few dark pixels.
I think a filter like dust and scratches would remove vital detail.

I'm feeling very lonely with my restoration sitting there alone.
I hope it rains at Seabrook Island and Marlenes finds some spare time so you both can join me in this challenge.

Matt
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Ed_L

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Registered: August 2001
Location: northwest Indiana, about 45 minutes from Chicago, IL
Posts: 2,824
3/2/2006 1:58pm

*Excellent* job, Matt. I doubt if I'll live long enough to get it done like yours.

Ed

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marlenes
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Registered: December 2005
3/2/2006 2:47pm

I want to! I want to!
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chanchalbd

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Registered: March 2005
Location: Bangladesh
Posts: 10
3/2/2006 3:30pm

Unbelieveable,Great job.

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RestaurArt

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Registered: November 2005
Location: Teresópolis / Rio de Janeiro / Brazil
3/4/2006 5:08am

Magnific job!!! How long time you needed to do that?
I work with restoration & retouching. To make something like that the cost would be more than U$100.00.
Congratulation for your huge patience
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
3/4/2006 8:37am

Ed – I think this is a wonderful photo.
The amount of detail in this photo is staggering.
So many people and so much of interest to hold the eye.
What a great record of life in the early 1900s.

Marlenes – I am really looking forward to your restoration.

Steve – I know you won’t be able to resist this if you have time.

Chanchal – I remember the fine job you did on the car and background in challenge #79. I know you would do a great job on this.

RestaurArt – I must have spent a good 5 hours on it.
I liked this photo so much I was worried I my restoration
wouldn’t do justice to the original. Thanks for your comments.

Matt
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