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I'm Bad
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Charlene5


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Registered: July 2007
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Did a levels and converted to grayscale. Did lots of individual hue/saturation or curves adjustments to bring up the former shadows that had slid towards 0-0-0 with age. Spent the most time on his shirt. I tried to replicate the original striped pattern without making it look like a cut and paste job. I made the "fabric" with a gradient and laid it over his shirt in bits to get the stripes running the right way. Used the warp tool for some vigorous shoving and pulling. Replaced two missing buttons. Cleaned up his face and moved his right eye just a bit - I thought he looked crosseyed. Tidied the background and floor. Masked the figure and added a bunch of noise and a median filter to build up that painted on look of the backdrop. Did a little dodge and burn layer, readjusted the curves and added back the sepia.

When I do a restoration I always spin stories about the picture. This is a clerk in a dry goods store. He has Walter Mitty daydreams about throwing over his respectable but boring life and becoming an outlaw. During his lunch hour he ran over to the traveling photographer's wagon and donned the costume. For a few minutes he was BAD. After the picture he reluctantly returned the cowboy gear, put on his apron, and went back to measuring flour and being polite to the ladies of the town.
· Date: 9/6/2007 · Views: 5696 · Filesize: 36.5kb, 192.8kb · Dimensions: 800 x 1450 ·
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