i definitely like this better this way. the background is now more in character with the rest of the shot.
for fixing the baby brightness and 'blown out' bits, try a hide all mask across the photo, then unmask the parts you want to change. use 'curves' to alter the brightness ratios, a bit of sharpening on the baby's face, and just a tiny touch of edge preserving smooth the get rid of the resulting noise.
as for the studio mark, i'd have to see the original to see if anything could be brought back. currently, your marquee is hiding parts of it. and rather than move the marque, i'd try a smaller one. if you move the current one, it's going to look off-center. you could also just make your own to fit.
I'm pretty sure its not Woodford Green. Looking at the original you posted, the word Wood is complete. There is another letter after it, but it is distinctly part of another word.
Woodford is one word, so there would be no seperation between the end of Wood and the next letter.
However, Woodford may be a modern spelling, it is always possible it used to be spelled Wood Ford, you really need someone in the London area to tell you if this is the case.
Tried doing a Google on Westgrove Studios, using only UK sites gave no hits at all, so it seems to be a discontinued operation.
212 High Road won't help you much. High Road and High Street are probably the most used addresses in Britain, just about every town and village has one.
Just had a look in my Ordnance Survey maps for Britain, it has the best list of town names for Britain, and if as you say your gran comes from the SE, then the following towns are twin worded, starting with Wood.
Wood End, Hertfordshire.
Wood Green, Greater London.
Wood Street, Surrey.
There are a great many more where the words are not seperated.
Last edited by Gary Richardson; 06-19-2005 at 01:31 AM.
Wow, you did your homework. I don't think I'll do anything with the stamp, but it would be great to find out where it was taken.
I believe I've finished the restoration. I created seperate masks for sharpening and blurring, using the Edge Finder filter to concentrate the sharpening and blurring to the correct areas. I'll send this off to the print lab tomorrow. (Unless anyone has any last minute suggestions ... speak now or forever hold your peace! ) Thanks again to everyone.
Last edited by Ken Rogers; 06-19-2005 at 03:46 PM.
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