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Matt Roberts



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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
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I had intended submitting 800 wide.
But felt there was a lot interesting fine detail
that would be easier to see in a larger version.
Age had given this photo a very flaky texture so
submitting large meant I had tough time retaining sharpness.

I wanted Santa, the lady and children to be the main focal points.
To aid this I removed some items I felt detracted from the look of the photo.
I removed the hand emerging from Santa’s beard and the sliced lady on the right. The clothes on the shelves and paper on the floor.
Santa’s head looked a little too close to the lady.
I moved his head back a fraction to hopefully give a
slightly more balanced look to the photo.

Christmas is a colorful time of the year.
I would have loved to add some color.
But I ran out of time and energy.

Matt
· Date: 12/9/2006 · Views: 4303 · Filesize: 32.4kb, 184.9kb · Dimensions: 1220 x 904 ·
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Cassidy
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Registered: September 2002
Location: Australia
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12/10/2006 12:37am

A very clean looking retouch there matt

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Lorraine

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Registered: September 2001
Location: Flemington, NJ
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12/10/2006 10:28am

Excellent work, Matt.

I'm happy that you removed the hand and other woman from the photo. If I ever finish my version, my plan is to remove that hand also.

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lurch

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Registered: July 2006
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12/12/2006 1:03pm

Impressive! It's a real accomplishment to get rid of all the crackle and crazing and still maintain such sharpness. Wish I could do as well (without taking months). Like your removal of distracting stuff, too.

Carole

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
12/13/2006 2:59am

Thanks for the comments Cassidy and Lorraine.

Carole - I had to hit this twice with Neat Image to reduce the crackle.

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klassylady25

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Registered: November 2005
Location: Edmond, Oklahoma
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12/18/2006 9:16pm

When Larry gave me the picture to do I wasn't far along in my skills, I virtually ironed the cracks out by using very small smudges LOL Would that I would have known about NeatImage and how to mask.

Now the only thing I see that is the hardest to make out are the 'popcorn' balls. The kids look like they are eating paper wads. :o) Tough thing to work on though.

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