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Old 04-23-2006, 07:31 PM
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Hi there

I decided to try and keep the whole picture. I used dueling levels adjustments to get as close as I could.

Then I painted a few areas that just would not match then blended with the original background.

I had to make a few patterns for the dresses to get them to match across the fade line.

Then just a little selective blurring and application of noise where needed.

Butch
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Old 04-24-2006, 04:06 AM
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Thanks infixpix. Very difficult to recall just what I did with this particular picture but I use selective (.. and often numerous ..) curves in LAB with most retouch work. The Lightness channel for contrast, darkening, etc and the A & B channels for color and saturation changes. I highly recommend any writings by Dan Margulis on this subject, in particular, his ' Photoshop Lab Color - the Canyon Conundrum ' book.

This thread expains it somewhat ..
http://www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=18308

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Gary

Thanks, I'll check it out Gary.
Bob
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Old 05-03-2006, 08:51 AM
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I 'landed' here and had to have a go ... I just love these kind of challenges!

Like Butch, I workd on the whole picture.
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Old 05-03-2006, 09:43 AM
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Hi Flora,

Back with a bang I see. We've missed you.

Lovely job (as if we expected anything else).
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Old 05-03-2006, 12:33 PM
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welcome home, flora

and i second what gary said; excellent job!

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Old 05-03-2006, 03:57 PM
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Hi Flora.

Great job and Great to see you back Flora.

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Old 05-03-2006, 09:02 PM
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my take on this

i'd rather make a photo black and white then end up with a picture full of funky colors. If you cant make it look at least half way natural....black and white. it is more important (in my opinion) to make the detail come out a bit and have the people look like people not aliens.
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Old 05-04-2006, 06:06 AM
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Gary, Craig, Ken,

thank you so much for your 'welcome back'!!!

The kind of life I'm living makes of me the most 'unreliable' person of RP ... .... But it's just great to come back to my friends!!!
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Old 05-04-2006, 06:41 AM
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Hi laradfreder,

Welcome to RP!

I agree with you on the fact that if you can't bring back acceptable colours, B&W (or a light overall tint) is the way to go .... But, if you are required to bring the colours back, B&W (or a light overall tint) aren't a choice

Sometimes it's not possible to bring the 'original' colours back, in that case you could always turn to colorization .... where, lacking information, the choice of colours is subjective....

As a detail-aholic myself, I couldn't agree more with you about bringing out details... but, in my opinion, balancing shadows/highlight is just as important.

You did quite a good job in bringing out the faded details but, by increasing the 'shadows' you lost details in the darker parts of the picture ...

By decreasing the black in your version, a lot more details are visible: hair, clothing (the buttons on the young man's sleeve, a clear definition of the young woman's jacket and the bench ... etc) ... If needed, increased contrast can always be added to selected parts of the picture later ...
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Old 05-05-2006, 09:10 AM
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You are all Amazing!

Thank you all so much for taking the time to look at my photo and adjust it for me. Your passion has got me interested in repairing photos and I haven't stopped at the one that I posted here. I am now repairing all of my old photos - removing red-eye and unwanted items in the photos! I don't think I will ever be as expert as you all are but, at least, I am trying! Thanks again. Pam
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