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Ideas on how to colour this photo?

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Old 08-13-2005, 11:19 PM
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Ideas on how to colour this photo?

I really haven't tried colouring seriously, so don't quite know where to start. This photo that I recently discovered seems like it might be a good candidate, and I was hoping some of those gifted at this art might give me some pointers and ideas!

Attachment 1 is the unrestored version, 2 is restored. I'd also be interested in people's opinions if this woman is the same as the woman in attachment 3. If she is, then she is my grandmother! As she died when my mother was very young, she cannot identify her easily.
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File Type: jpg Untitled-38s_unrestored.jpg (99.8 KB, 74 views)
File Type: jpg Untitled-38s.jpg (98.6 KB, 83 views)
File Type: jpg Untitled-42s.jpg (97.1 KB, 81 views)

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Old 08-14-2005, 01:07 PM
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cathy,

lovely woman and lovely restoration!

and, i would say yes, it's the same woman. i put them side by side and sharpen more'd the unrestored one. no other cleanup, just the sharpening to help make the id.

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Old 08-14-2005, 01:52 PM
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Caitlin, I love the monochromatic effect of the original and your nice restoration. In this case I would say less is more. I just added a copper gradient and a little color on soft light layers.

Please excuse any rough edges. I'm working with a new monitor and one of my eyes is giving me problems.
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Old 08-14-2005, 06:12 PM
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Thanks for the confirmation Craig - the more I looked at the few photos I had last night, the more convinced I became. Extraordinary that my mother has never seen this photo before!

You're right MaryLynn, I think very subtle shadings are the way to go. I don't think I have grasped 'soft light' yet, but I will have to give it a go!
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Old 08-15-2005, 08:05 AM
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Photo fit?

The eyes mouth and chin match too well, not to be the same.

One pic on top of the other.
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Old 08-15-2005, 10:42 AM
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Here's the coloring rendition I came up with. If you would like to know how I did it, let me know and I will write the steps for you.

~Amber~
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File Type: jpg Colorized_filtereda.jpg (98.4 KB, 46 views)

Last edited by Dreamypix; 08-16-2005 at 11:03 AM. Reason: attached new rendition with less noise.
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Old 08-15-2005, 04:22 PM
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Amber,

I think you did a terrific job! The color fits the picture very well. I'm especially impressed with the flowers and planter. I would like to know the details of what you did.

Bill
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Old 08-15-2005, 04:30 PM
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Hi,

Here's an unfinished version. As you can see I mainly concentrated on the skin, though I think I've gone a little overboard on the pink tones. Ambers is better.
(I'm still very new to this colouring lark!)

I will colour the flowers etc. try to alter the skin a little and repost sometime soon.

Great picture & restoration btw.

Nick
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Old 08-15-2005, 04:56 PM
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Thanks everyone for their ideas! Amber, your rendition is wonderful. I would really love to get some steps from you.

I've also attached another version of the portrait. After posting it last time I removed a bit of the paper pattern noise.
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Old 08-15-2005, 05:13 PM
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Caitlin...

I was looking at the second image thinking to clean it a bit an color it (the other was getting all the attention <G>) but I think the repair is beyond my skill. A couple of thoughts tho. I do think they are the same lady as I think you decided. And I assume you noticed the photo was altered. She is holding the hand of someone who has been removed. Looks like maybe a child. Might be worth looking to see if anyone in the family has the origional.

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