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Doug Colwell


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Most of the spots were selected with the magic wand tool, levelled to a point where most of the faces cleared up, and then lots of dodging and burning and cloning. Next was a series of
levels/alt masks to adjust different areas - trees, roof, people. The chimneys were cloned from the existing chimney section, and the left side of the right chimney was a copied patch that I transformed/distorted to fit. The sky was cloned relatively smooth, and then cloud filtered. I had every intention of following the rules to the letter and re-sizing to 800 wide, but this
resulted in pixels the size of bricks and all of those faces were obliterated (thanks to everyone
else who ignored the rule). Unsharp masked (44-20-0) and alt masked to paint in more contrast where I wanted it. I found that after re-sizing, the resulting small jpeg required quite a bit more fiddling to get rid of the compression artifacts (especially in the faces). Next time I think I'll try resizing earlier.
· Date: 3/18/2006 · Views: 6573 · Filesize: 50.6kb, 199.4kb · Dimensions: 1405 x 800 ·
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Shalford
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Solihull - United Kingdom
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3/18/2006 2:20pm

Magnificent Doug

Cannot fault it !!!



All the best
Steve

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Peth

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3/18/2006 2:52pm

Incredible Doug! What can I say? Ditto on Steve's comments.
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
3/18/2006 4:34pm

A fabulous restoration Doug,
The amount of fine detail work in this is staggering.
With 63? people in this photo I think the wider submission looks great.
It adds interest to the photo when you are better able to see fine detail in the faces, clothing and house.
Good job handling the jpg compression problem with large submissions.
I had to hammer mine with 50% compression to get it under 200k.
Great work reducing grain and blown out whites in the dresses and shirts.
Wonderful work Doug.

Matt

Err. Doug can copy your chimney and paste it onto mine?
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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
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3/18/2006 7:02pm

Thank you Steve, Peth, Klassylady25, and Matt.

Klassylady25, I think I see what you mean about the chimney style and have altered them a bit, but as for the missing child I think you may have mistaken the hand of the 2nd man from left for a face, and it looks to me like the 2nd woman from the left is holding a rolled up piece of paper, or maybe a fan.

Matt, I've got two old chimneys going cheap, and I'll throw in a blown-up umbrella.
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Matt Roberts

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3/20/2006 6:37am

Thanks Doug, I'm only in the market for a right hand chimney.
That darn umbrella like object drove me crazy. I zoomed in on it.
Looked at it for 10 minutes and still couldn't make sense of it.
An upside down umbrella with no handle, high in the air?

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Peth

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3/20/2006 1:51pm

Did you notice that many of the family members are smiling? Quite unusual for this period, but obviously they were having quite a celebration. So my theory on the umbrella like object, is that it IS actually an umbrella that's been turned inside out and the guy holding it up for the camera is having a great old laugh. Who knows... maybe a wee bit of moonshine had been consumed?
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3/21/2006 3:57pm

WOW

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Doug Colwell
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3/25/2006 11:44am

Thanks Peter S. Peth and Matt, my guess on the umbrella is that it collected rain from the roof for watering flower pots on the veranda. It's tiny size in relation to the people, makes me think it's propped up behind the group, under the eave, (maybe there's a rain barrel underneath?).
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