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Old 02-26-2007, 02:35 PM
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Mar 07 Contest Votes

Voting will run from 24 Mar to 31 Mar 2007. Deadline for votes is 6pm EDST (note Daylight Savings Time).

Only those that entered the contest may vote. All other votes will be deleted. If you did not enter, but would like to comment on an entry, please post your comments in the Mar 07 Contest Discussion Thread.

Vote for the 5 best entries in order.

Note you cannot vote for your own image. If you do, your votes will be deleted.

Example Vote:
Pick the top five contest entries and list in order...

1. Entry X (First Place)
2. Entry A (Second Place and so on)
3. Entry Q
4. Entry S
5. Entry P

This thread will remain closed until it's time to vote.

And as always, when you vote try to include some things you especially liked about your choices…what made them stand out, what impressed you, etc.
This is a learning experience!

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Old 03-23-2007, 11:07 PM
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Re: Mar 07 Contest Votes

1. Lorrane
2. Soleah
3. anouck_vantroy
4. Doug cowell
5. Irshgalkc

everyone done a great job
Old 03-24-2007, 12:16 AM
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Re: Mar 07 Contest Votes

In my humble opinion these are the only restored pictures. All others are beautiful, but more-less artistic expressions.
Old 03-24-2007, 01:58 AM
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Re: Mar 07 Contest Votes

Here are my favorites...

1. DougColwell: Gorgeous job, still looks like a photograph and is a lot less noisy.

2. Anouck_Vantroy: Close first for this one. Doug's was my number one because the facial expressions seemed a bit more like the original.

3. PhotoB: Love what you achieved on the top two thirds of this image. It looks like the noise in the bottom third was a little bit more resistant to your treatment.

4. Woodenbender: Besides the fact that I love Futurama and am thrilled they are going to make new episodes next year, I think you did a great job restoring this picture. Like PhotoB's though it looks like you had a bit of trouble with the noise towards the bottom of the picture.

5. Soleah: I think this is an excellent restoration and you did a beautiful job. I think I would have put this higher on my list, but I found that some areas looked a little too soft to me. Maybe some sharpening might have helped.

Great job everyone who participated.
Old 03-24-2007, 05:20 PM
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Re: Mar 07 Contest Votes

1- Chillin; The sharpest, most photo-like one in the bunch. Great noise reduction without losing detail or looking retouched. Great tonal range.

2- Lurch; Brought out detail and tonal range nicely, has kind of an eerie inner-glow look that I find appealing if not entirely realistic. Only problem is it's just a little soft/smudgy.

3- Soleah; Nice job killing the noise. Good detail, especially in the "missing" face. Great rendering there. Lights are a little blown-out, a little too contrasty.

4- Lorraine; Very similar to Soleah's, again a nice rendering of the child's face and amazing lack of noise. Still a bit contrasty and soft/smudgy at the same time.

5- PhotoB; Nice job bringing out detail and tonality, but still pretty noisy.

Great work everybody!
Old 03-24-2007, 05:42 PM
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Re: Mar 07 Contest Votes

Here are my votes. Nice work everyone.

1. Soleah
2. Lorraine
3. Irishgrlkc
4. Printmeister
5. Dougcolwell
Old 03-25-2007, 10:03 AM
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Re: Mar 07 Contest Votes

1.Wooden Bender
4.Doug Colwell

The ones that looked more like a photo to me.
Old 03-25-2007, 11:27 AM
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Re: Mar 07 Contest Votes

1. Lorraine
2. Irishgrlkc
3. Printmeister
4. Dave Cox
5. Out of Focus
Old 03-25-2007, 12:55 PM
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Re: Mar 07 Contest Votes

1. Soleah
2. Lorraine
3. Printmeister
4. Out of Focus
5. Dcolwell

A very close thing between the top two I think

Soleahs just edged it with a very slightly less retouched look.

I love lorraines job, especially the rebuilt childs face on the left.

Printmeisters little childs face is good too, more noise at bottom right though.

Out of focus, great little ones face.

Dcolwell good one, just a little too much noise left.

This was the first time I have tried one of the challenges, and I really enjoyed it. I am just a beginner. The whole forum is a great place to be.

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Old 03-25-2007, 04:35 PM
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Re: Mar 07 Contest Votes

1. Lilsip
2. Dave Cox
3. Wooden Bender
4. Chillin
5. PKZac

In my eyes a restoration project should only enhance what currently exists within the image, to bring out levels of detail lost under the fug of age and substrate. IMHO, I believe a restoration should not involve 'painting-in' pieces of the puzzle (ie the baby's face) when we have no real idea what that piece of the puzzles looked like.
If these were my dead relatives, I'd want to see what little detail there was left, brought to the fore — not some washed over, airbrushed-in other person's idea of what my dead relatives looked like. Airbrushing-out the flaws in a photograph doesn't always make the end result a perfect restoration, you're more likely to airbrush-out the soul and character of that original photograph.

I feel my choices are true to what was required by the rules of this contest.
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