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Old 08-11-2007, 02:09 PM
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Re: Aug 07 Contest Discussion

Probably should have added this sooner, but here's some info on the photo that may help you with your retouch. I took the photo in 1973, with a Nikon F (35mm) on slide film. The girl was 19 at the time and was the quintessential blue-eyed, blond (aka "dirty blond"). If it helps you correct color, her sweater was a pastel pink. She had a very fair complexion, despite the roughness in the harshly lit photo. She wore "sorority girl" makeup. The original was obviously underexposed and push-processing caused much of the grain and clipped highlights. The color shift resulted from using outdoor film with hot incandescent indoor flood lighting amplified by the underexposure. The color further deteriorated due to poor storage condition over the years. (I found it in a box of slides my Dad had buried in his closet.) The digital is from a scan of the slide from my Epson 2400 scanner (slide adapter) a couple of years ago at 1200dpi.

Hope that helps with your effort.

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Old 08-11-2007, 03:34 PM
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Re: Aug 07 Contest Discussion

From the "Master Retoucher" thread in the Photo Retouching Forum about a month ago when asked why the pros seldom, if ever, post some of their work:
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Maybe the August contest of the month could be a beauty retouch image. I'm sure most of us would participate.
OK! Show us your stuff
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Old 08-11-2007, 03:56 PM
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Re: Aug 07 Contest Discussion

Lonnie, Thank you for your information on the photo.

I managed to fix the color cast just fine on the first try but later decided that the red gave the photo the touch that it needed to look "finished". Don't know. Can't find the exact word I'm looking for, can only say that the red made it look better than without it.

You are right about the grain/noise. It was a difficult fix and the .jpg compression plus smaller file size when posting exaggerated it. (I noticed that after I posted.)

Nevertheless, she is a beautiful woman. The portrait itself speaks volumes. I learned a lot and had an enjoyable time during the process. Thank you.

Janet
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Old 08-11-2007, 05:22 PM
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Thanks Graphics23, that's what I finally did but I still have a lot to learn on the resize side.
And thanks to Swampy too for the idea of at least trying to take constrain off if next time it doesn't work the other way.
There are so many great posts on this contest, it's really a learning opportunity and so thanks to all who are posting their work. It gives newbies like me a chance to see what can be done with the photo.
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Old 08-12-2007, 02:31 AM
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frankly, i lost all concern for the 'natural' vs 'glamour' as i began working. i think she's a natural and adding 'glamour' just seemed wrong.

but i have another question. patrons and moderators are allowed to post 200k images as opposed to the normal 100k. in the normal forums this isnt a concern, but here, in a contest, to keep the playing field equal, it seemed more fair to post at 100k. so, i did. besides, 200k would probably just show my mistakes up even more
...we can? Guess I just got used to posting 100k images. Well at least I'm playing fair
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Old 08-12-2007, 10:25 AM
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Re: Aug 07 Contest Discussion

OhioUSA

How come your entry is posted as "Swampy_1.jpg"? Since mine was the first entry, you might have downloaded my image to work on instead of the original as provided by T.Paul.
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Old 08-12-2007, 11:51 AM
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OhioUSA

How come your entry is posted as "Swampy_1.jpg"? Since mine was the first entry, you might have downloaded my image to work on instead of the original as provided by T.Paul.

Swampy, I think that's probably what happened. When I first looked at this contest I remember being amazed that your entry was posted already. If I was at all unfamiliar with the contest mechanics I could see myself making the same mistake.
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Old 08-12-2007, 02:03 PM
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Re: Aug 07 Contest Discussion

Try this:
1. Select dead pixels area with your favorite selection tool
2. Drag the selection to a non-dead pixels area and copy
3. Paste the selection and position it over dead pixels area (erase parts of it if you have to).
4. Clone at 70% over the pasted selection (Don't forget to select all Leyers)
5. use the healing brush over the area cloned to bring back the texture
6. play around with opacity
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Old 08-13-2007, 02:39 PM
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NESSIE-08 -

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* Final image must be exactly 545 pixels wide and 800 pixels high.
Did you miss/forget this rule?

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Old 08-14-2007, 12:13 AM
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Thought that I would join in the Fun!!
looks great. betouched
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