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Doug Nelson


Registered: August 2001
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Submitted by Benjamin C Nelson:

Long story of this photo of my mom summed up in a short story: My dad was drafted into the Army in 68 because of the Vietnam war. A few of the guys in his unit were sitting around playing cards. They drew cards, each one representing an address of a girl back home that one of his buddies knew in college. My dad drew a card and received an address. He wrote letters everyday and this was the first picture he ever got from her. He carried this photo around in his wallet for just shy of two years during the war. He came back home and they got married a few months later!

Challenge: Restore this photo. Description mandatory

Do your best to restore "Letter from Home", and post the results here using the following guidelines:
  • Make sure you're using the largest version of the Challenge photo
  • Enter your name in "Enter a title for the photo"
  • Enter the Challenge type and number in "Descriptive Keywords" (ie: "Photo-Art Challenge #501" or "Manipulation Challenge #132"
  • Include a complete description of the steps you used under "Photo Description". (You might want to write it elsewhere and paste it here)
  • Attach your file as an 800 pixel wide JPG file, compressed so that the overall file is under 200k (this usually means 60% compression).
  • Make sure you post to the correct Challenge
  • If you expect any comments for your entry, offer your comments to other entries

As always, there are no winners, no losers, no prizes, only a sharing and learning opportunity for everyone.

How you restore and how much you restore is up to you, as long as you fulfill the Challenge. Have fun, and good luck!

NOTE: As is the case for ALL RetouchPRO Challenges, there is NO expiration date on this Challenge. Even after other Challenges go up, feel free to upload your version
· Date: 5/19/2006 · Views: 14556 · Filesize: 89.1kb, 629.8kb · Dimensions: 1554 x 1970 ·
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Keywords: Restoration Challenge #86
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Junior Member

Registered: May 2006
5/21/2006 9:50am

I really can't figure this one out. I have tried it several times before I posted the picture of my mom. Any suggestions as far as a starting point? Thanks!
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Registered: September 2001
Location: Flemington, NJ
Posts: 219
5/26/2006 4:40pm

Hi Prfxshn,

First, thanks for such a great story on the photo. I'm about the same age as your mom, and my husband is a Vietnam veteran as well.

After working on her photo, the only viable thing I can suggest is that you try to get another photo of her from that time and use pieces of that photo to accurately recreate this missing parts.

Thanks for such a great challenge.

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