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Old 05-06-2009, 04:48 PM
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Hi everyone,

This photo was taken sometime in the 40's of my husband's mother and oldest brother. The original was only 1.5" x 2". I have done all I can with it and would appreciate some honest criticism. Is there anything I can do to improve it?

I have attached the original and the final.
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Becky
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:50 PM
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Becky,
I like it ! I would not be in a hurry to change anything. It may be possible to reveal just a bit more detail by doing a little light handed d&b on those dark areas. For example, you could attempt to reveal a little detail in her hair by carefully lightening very small strands. Again, it is small but our eyes are extremely sensitive to even that. Otherwise, play with the overall tonality a bit - but, that is often subjective and everyone likes it just a bit different.

I think you did good with such a small image. I have done those also and they can be a challenge. I noticed the change in her left eye... I think that is good and seemed to improve the overall perception of her expression.
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Old 05-25-2009, 11:48 PM
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Thank you so much for the critique. I had given up on getting a response. A little d&b would be easy to do in her hair and would give the impression of more detail. As far as tonality, would you go to straight b/w or more of a sepia look? It does have a slight purple cast to it.
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Old 05-26-2009, 04:43 AM
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Becky, People are funny that way. If something is bad they will jump on it quick and tell you but I think you will find here that less responses often means they can't find anything to pick on.
I'll tell you this. You did a wonderful job and the finished piece is quite beautiful. You should be proud.
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Old 05-26-2009, 10:31 AM
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Re: First Restoration Posted

Thank you so much! I am proud of the restoration, but wasn't sure if is was as good as I thought. I've worked hard, but am fairly new to photo restoration. I appreciate your reply.
Becky
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Old 05-26-2009, 03:16 PM
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Re: First Restoration Posted

Becky,
By the way, another reason for few responses is that the restoration folks don't often look in the critique forum. It seems to be more for retouch. Maybe your next post could go in the restoration forum.

Anyway, another thought for you. It looked like there was still some detail left in those highlights also. So, I very quickly brought it into Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and ran up the recovery slider. You could do more with a little more time. Just shows that there is more there. See what you think. It could be masked and added to the highlights as needed.

B&W versus sepia is totally up to you. I prefer just a smidge of sepia.
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Old 05-26-2009, 03:49 PM
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Wow! You recovered quite a bit of detail. I almost never use ACR and think I need to spend a little more time in it. Appreciate the pointer on which forum to post in. I kind of figured it out after I put this up. I'm new to posting... Thanks!
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Old 05-26-2009, 06:17 PM
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Becky, I think you've done a fine job on this restore..

I thought I would jump in on this one Just to see if I could drag out a bit more detail.

I did some Shadow/highlight manipulations, Levels, color corrections, then cloning and patching
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Old 05-28-2009, 02:51 AM
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Re: First Restoration Posted

I think you have done really good.... Now if the scan was a real nice drum scan... That would have been fantastic!
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Old 05-28-2009, 03:23 PM
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Ahhh... if only a drum scanner was in my budget. But I thought they were only for slides or negatives. Do they do photos as well?
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