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Old 05-06-2009, 05:01 PM
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Restoration 1952 photo

This is my father-in-law in 1952. There was quite a bit of damage and the telephone wires nearly drove me nuts! I considered just cropping them out, but wanted to keep the original content intact. I can always crop one to print.

Can you please tell me how I did and if there is anything I can do to improve the photo?

Thanks!
Becky
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Old 05-06-2009, 06:48 PM
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Re: Restoration 1952 photo

You could take the telephone pole out since you took out the wires.
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Old 05-06-2009, 06:56 PM
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Re: Restoration 1952 photo

You actually can see the wires in the large version, but when I lightened up the sky, they became less visible. However getting rid of the pole and the wires would have saved a ton of work!
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Old 05-06-2009, 09:57 PM
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Re: Restoration 1952 photo

I would lighten his face a little.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:09 PM
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Re: Restoration 1952 photo

I had to put back most of the detail from the shadow, but I can probably lighten it a little. Thanks.
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:28 PM
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Re: Restoration 1952 photo

I think it's pretty good. Like someone else here said, I personally would have lost the phone pole and wires right from the get go. Cloning around those, is way too tedious for me. And it's simply a cleaner shot without them.

Other thing that comes to mind is when I've get a shirt like that, which is basically white with a few folds, I like to burn the shadow areas to give it a little extra "dimension". Try a soft brush / 20 dia. / 3% / midtones.

The shading on the face doesn't bother me much. To my eye, there's really not a whole lot of detail there to begin with.

But maybe look at your curves again, to perhaps bring the right side down to 245-250. I find it a tad bright in the bgnd.

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Old 05-06-2009, 11:46 PM
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Re: Restoration 1952 photo

I liked how you left the wires in a little bit. If the wires were completely gone it would look weird. Also, maybe lighten up the face a little? GReat job!
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:48 PM
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Re: Restoration 1952 photo

Great points. I'll try burning in a little more shadow on the shirt. It would add dimension. And the background is a little bright. I'll see about toning it down. After you work on something for awhile, you stop seeing everything. I was so focused on cracks and discoloration that I missed looking at the balance and composition.

I thought that with restorations you were supposed to remain true to the original, so I tried hard to keep it all in. Those messy wires were really a part of the 50's, no matter how big a pain they are to work around. I'm glad I did it (once) just for the experience of working with something like that.

I guess it was kind of dumb, because it's a family photo, and I can really do anything I want with it. When I restore for clients, I can ask them if they want the clean photo with the wires removed, or a faithful restoration with the background intact.

The only way we could figure out when the picture was taken was by zooming in on the car tag!

I'll work on it some more tomorrow and post an update. I really appreciate the focused critique.

Does anyone know if Silver Efex Pro would do anything for rather flat bw restorations? I figured that it was primarily for turning color into bw, but maybe there is more to it. Can someone with experience using it let me know?

Thanks,
Becky
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:10 AM
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Hope you don't mind. Just had to see it for myself without the pole-tergeist.
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:15 AM
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It really does look a lot better.

I was pretty pleased with what I did accomplish. The left eye was pretty much gone and had to be recreated, and there were cracks all over the place. I think it looks pretty much true to life. I'll do some burning and adjusting tomorrow -- and just maybe get rid of the pole-tergeist!
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