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Old 11-03-2005, 08:57 AM
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That 5mb tif file seems to have a lot of jpg artifacting in it. Is it meant to be that way??
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Old 11-03-2005, 09:15 AM
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Caitlin - 5MB? I downloaded the 8MB file - there doesn't seem to be any JPEG artifacts (and there shouldn't be, given that its a TIFF file, unless it was resaved from a JPEG ). But, there is something like a matte texture to the surface that is a part of the actual photo. Just makes it more fun...

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Old 11-03-2005, 09:17 AM
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caitlin,

i noticed that too. to me it seemed like the hi-res scan had picked up the paper texture and i went 'oh oh, looks like an FFT job'. so, i worked on the smaller-res scan

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Old 11-03-2005, 09:37 AM
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Caitlin - 5MB? I downloaded the 8MB file - there doesn't seem to be any JPEG artifacts (and there shouldn't be, given that its a TIFF file, unless it was resaved from a JPEG ). But, there is something like a matte texture to the surface that is a part of the actual photo. Just makes it more fun...

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Sorry - I meant 8mb... I think it must be a jpg resaved as TIF? See attached
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Old 11-03-2005, 10:15 AM
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I know it says no whacky backgrounds but I didn't think adding the toys would be since a lot of professional photos have props. Still, if it is where it doesn't qualify, please let me know so I can change it. Although, I'll miss the cute little ducky LOL

Still if someone could let me know either way that would be great. It's my first time entering in one of these things.
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Old 11-03-2005, 10:32 AM
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... I think it must be a jpg resaved as TIF? See attached
Exactly.....the luminosity is in 8 * 8 blocks, the colours in 16 * 16 blocks and they both start counting exactiy at the top left corner....A "perfect" low-quality jpg.

Now, mix that with a 4.5 pixel wide paper texture...

...no problem .

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Old 11-03-2005, 10:46 AM
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This means a non-painted no-wacky-background something-a-dad/mom-would-put-on-his/her-desk-at-work portrait ....Questions?
Wow, T, didn't know you were a lawyer.

But, yes, I do have a question. A professional studio photo when it gets to the hands of dad/mom, may have some treatment already done - such as vignetting. If, as I believe, this too should not be allowed, then there may be a need to introduce a supplementary "straight-out-of-the-camara" clause.

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Old 11-03-2005, 11:55 AM
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The challenge this month is to restore the photo so that it looks like a professional studio photo. This means a non-painted no-wacky-background something-a-dad/mom-would-put-on-his/her-desk-at-work portrait that actually tries to use the various retouching/restoring/compositing skills we try to promote here at RP". Questions?
Ok, the rule-questioning door has been cracked open, so I have to let myself in. The rules state "...to restore the photo..." then further on "...use the various retouching/restoring/compositing skills...".

A strict definition of "restore" is to accurately and faithfully reconstruct the original photograph, the goal being to recreate the photo to it's original form as closely as possible. This means no vignetting, no altering of the background, no props, no color changes, etc. if not part of the original. Anything else constitutes a "retouch", "manipulation", or "substantive modification".

Are we looking for the best "restoration" (a la Fratelli Alinari), or the best "retouch/manipulation/restoration"?

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Old 11-03-2005, 12:18 PM
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That's what I needed to hear Kurt, I just wasn't comprehending I guess. Ok, back to the drawing board.
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Old 11-03-2005, 12:33 PM
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This monthly nitpickfest is going to cost us all a great moderator. And if T quits, no more contests (because she's far more patient than I am).
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