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Old 04-24-2005, 10:07 PM
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Hi Guys, This photo I’m posting is a real head banger.

I have been doing a bit of volunteer restoration work on a Genealogy forum. So there are some great old photos that people post for me to attempt to repair. Occasionally someone will post a picture that is, well almost beyond recovery, at least that is what I thought until I seen what was being achieved on this forum. I have had a go at this one but I only seem to be able to highlight the ghostly figures a little bit by selecting them and adjusting the levels.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as this sort of photo is being posted a fair bit.

Here’s a link the forum where I have been attempting to learn as I go.
http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index...ard,298.0.html

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Old 04-24-2005, 10:41 PM
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Hi deadants, what a great forum - and a challenging photo!

Do you have access to a higher resolution copy? I tried trimming the photo (just to make it a quick attempt) and pulling out the blue channel which seemed to have the most information, but mostly what I get is a whole lot of jpg noise.

It's hard to tell what's possible at this low resolution, but I think most of it will just have to be painstaking retouching work with clone, heal etc.

ps. There is supposed to be another child in there?? I'll be really impressed if someone manages to pull that out of the picture!
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Old 04-24-2005, 11:21 PM
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Hi Caitlin,
Well the second figure eluded me for a while but I finally saw her on the left.

Unfortunately this is the only photo I was given so it’s a ‘go with what you got situation’. I will ask her if she can rescan it an send me a larger copy, but as my previous post says, most of these people have little knowledge of scanning or digital graphics at all, so it can be a bit frustrating at times. Anyway, here’s my attempt, poor as it is.

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Old 04-25-2005, 12:10 AM
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most interesting.... and i'll tell you why in a bit.

caitlin's right. a better scan would be quite helpful. in fact, on photos like this, you want to scan in the very highest possible setting, even if you end up with a 75 meg picture. the higher the better.

also, ask your friend to make sure the scanner bed glass is perfectly clean. this can make a big difference at times, and on this one, you want every possible data bit coming through correctly.

ok, now for the interesting bit. working with deadants 2nd attachment, i noticed something which didnt quite look right to me. the girl on the left seems ok, but the person on the right seems dis-proportionate to the tub they are both ostensibly in. so, i think what you've got here is something of a rare bird. it's a hack. but it's not a digital hack. it's a photo/darkroom hack. the person on the right was placed into the shot AFTER the shot. now, bear in mind that that photo is so deteriorated, that i could well be wrong. so, this is only a guess. there are a couple of other clues to this, but again, that photo is so far gone, that those other clues could just be deteriorated film and not clues at all. still, every time i look at this photo, it just doesnt quite look right. cute.

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Old 04-25-2005, 12:43 AM
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I am definitely going to have to get my glasses checked!!

Here is my "hack" with a little photo magic for the face. however, I saw the left child with arms over the tub (elbows leaning on it so to speak). Anyway, I missed the cat's face, so, i expect i have this one wrong too

Anyway, here it isssss

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Old 04-25-2005, 12:45 AM
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Hi Kraellin,
Yes, I totally agree about the scanning to maximum size, I have asked her to rescan it so I can have a good look at the detail. Your theory of the photo being doctored may be correct but I thought I could see her knees tucked up in front of her.

Do you think this may be a case of artistic license is taken to recreate from scratch

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Old 04-25-2005, 01:57 AM
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Here is my "hack" with a little photo magic for the face.
Oh - for a minute there I was stunned to see the other little girls face, and was wondering what you had done to bring it out, but is that 'magic' a bit of creative addition??
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Old 04-25-2005, 02:04 AM
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is that 'magic' a bit of creative addition??
No magic about it. She was always there. You just have to look at the original for a while. If you clink on this link below you can see her original post and that's what I was looking at.

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http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index...html#msg196270
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Old 04-25-2005, 02:06 AM
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No magic about it. She was always there. You just have to look at the original for a while. If you clink on this link below you can see her original post and that's what I was looking at.

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http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index...html#msg196270
Ah - but I think Sean's version has the detail of eyes, nose and mouth that isn't appearing elsewhere?
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Old 04-25-2005, 02:55 AM
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I'm confused, whose Sean

Sorry I now know who Sean2 is, Thathat's wat happens when your doing three things at once.

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