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Old 11-07-2003, 11:28 AM
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my Dad

I have never been one to ask for help, but I can't seem to work on this picture. It is my father,and I can't seem to work on it.
Could someone please help?

Thanks for looking.

His hair is the lighter portion, he's a redhead,
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Old 11-07-2003, 11:58 AM
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Hi Mead, I think the picture is charming as it is, but then I'm not one for changing things too much in old pictures.

What would you like to change/fix on it??

Take care, Margaret
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Old 11-07-2003, 12:45 PM
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Mead, I agree with Margaret that there doesn't seem to be much at all wrong with this. Just to clean it up a bit, I tried discarding all except the blue channel (that seemed to have most detail in it), tweaking the contrast with Levels, getting rid of the most obvious bits of damage using the Patch Tool in PS7 (cloning would have worked too), running the Dust and Scratches filter on the background only, and lightening the border.

If it were my picture I don't think I'd do any more than that. Was there something in particular you wanted to achieve?
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Old 11-07-2003, 01:42 PM
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What a charming photo. Like what you did Leah . Am wondering exactly what you mean by

"tweaking the contrast with Layers" ???

Do you think his coat and the background are too dark now??

Know there is some way to include a quote directly .Do you know what it is??

I like the idea of not doing too much but am glad to see his face better.

Regards, Joyce
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Old 11-07-2003, 05:07 PM
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thanks

Leah, Joyce, and Margaret,
I'm thinking that maybe because I'm close to the subject, I can't think stright! ha ha. Don't you think his hair looks odd, half light and half dark? Or is it just me? Or is that the way it should look?
I also agree with not doing much to old pictures, just wondering about the hair.

Thanks so much for all the input from everyone. You all have me on the right track now.
Thanks so much, and thanks Leah, for taking the time to work on it.
This is a great forum, with really nice people. Thanks again for taking the time.

Kat
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Old 11-07-2003, 06:39 PM
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"tweaking the contrast with Layers" ???

Oops, that was a typo. It should have read "tweaking the contrast with Levels" ... you know how it is sometimes when you have one word in your head and have to write a similar word down and the wrong one pops out...

I'll go back and edit it now...
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Old 11-07-2003, 06:43 PM
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Don't you think his hair looks odd, half light and half dark? Or is it just me? Or is that the way it should look?
Personally, I like the way the hair works out. That's very much the way red hair seems to come out in black and white photography a lot of the time and I find it much more evocative than if you evened it all out so it was indistinguishable from brown or mousey hair. Especially in a photo of a boy this age - it seems to really help to bring out the character. I would leave well alone...
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Old 11-07-2003, 06:54 PM
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red hair

Thanks Leah,
I'm new to restoration and I appreciate your input.
I'm happy to know that the pic is fine.
Thanks again for taking the time. Your experience is appreciated.
kat
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Old 11-08-2003, 04:08 AM
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Hi Kat,

I agree with both, Margaret and Leah on the fact that yours is a lovely picture as it is and there doesn't seem to be much wrong with it.

In my opinion, exposure was the biggest problem as it made your dad's face look even whiter than the book he was reading....

Being a 'fanatic' for details, I usually don't go for very strong contrasts as, in my opinion, they tend to obliterate details even more.

For your picture I started with a combination of the first two methods described in the tutorial I wrote on the topic 'Enhancing Details' followed by the usual 'cleaning up', enhancing and sharpening .... (as your dad's face wasn't as sharp as his coat, shirt, etc. to start with, I could have done a selective sharpening ..(his face only) ... but decided against it as not to change too much the feeling of the original)

Let me know if you'd like a detailed description of what I did to restore your picture ....
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Old 11-08-2003, 05:02 AM
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Wow Flora, you've done it again - that is truly outstanding!
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