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Old 11-28-2006, 12:53 PM
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Re: Old, badly damaged photo

you're welcome, beth. library of congress, ok. thanks

well, you guys are going to force me to look again on this legs/pants business...
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Old 11-28-2006, 01:08 PM
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well, i've got to stick with my original notion. it's legs, no pants, no leggings, no tights, just legs.

attached is how i see it. the black is the legs in outline. the green is the background tween her legs and the red seems to be a mold stain or something similar, which, granted, makes it look like her leg there is too fat to be a leg. there is also a shadow or stain coming down through that mold stain that is throwing things a bit oddly as well. but i see legs.

i would suggest that using a blend mode duplicated over a couple of times is doing something odd. try using just a brightness/contrast layer.

but, i never write this stuff in concrete. if you see pants, by all means, do it as pants. that's part of being a restorer.
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Old 11-28-2006, 04:09 PM
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Craig..... I think I'm back with you..... I enlarged her legs 3x and what looked like a fabric fold on HER right leg looks more like a shadow from the chair... and I think what looks like the pants cuff flipping up a little on HER left leg, may be a faded spot on the photograph ...... (this is starting to sound like an explanation of the 'grassy knoll' senario or Seinfield's 'magic luggie' ....)

This is so much fun...... the initial reason I thought/think they were legs is because of the context....Barring an accident, why would she be wearing long pants, that didn't match, underneath her dress...... they're awfully snug.... toddlers usually have that penguin pants look with the crotch near their knees....

I have revised my earlier post to reflect my latest beliefs......

Beth
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Old 11-28-2006, 07:16 PM
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Re: Old, badly damaged photo

Ok, do I know how to get a debate started or what?

This is fun. I'm attaching what could be one interpretation of the image. I thought I had decided it was pants but, after reading everyone else's posts, I'm not 100% positive. I'm only 99% sure now. I've marked what could be her pants in red and what could be her socks in blue. To me this is a reasonable explanation of why her right leg looks twisted to me, especially if you look at what could be the cuff of her right "pant" leg. It is angled wrong for it to be the cuff of her sock, it may be that her pants have a little cuff at the bottom.

Beth, great background (100 times better than mine) and great job restoring.

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Old 11-28-2006, 10:33 PM
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beth, i'm tempted to keep the discussion going just to see more of your inserts the last one was precious you've a delightful sense of humor and wit and a nice command of vocabulary and trivia... 'retoucher's hippocratic oath', 'dem pants', 'moppet' (boy, havent heard that one in a long time), quotes from phyllis diller (who used to attend our church, or so i'm told), 'the grassy knoll', seinfeld (though, i dont recall that one), 'penguin pants' (lol)... delightful thank you

but i'm all done. i've found over the years, that you can smash someone in the face with a waffle iron and they'll swear it was a toaster, even though every time they look in a mirror they see a waffle pattern. and i've also found that folks do see different things. always surprises me a bit, but doesnt make their viewpoint any less valid than mine. it's sort of like one of those puzzle things where you look at it and see one thing, but if you look at it slightly differently, you see something else. so, stay true to yourselves and happy holidays
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Old 11-29-2006, 12:34 AM
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Awe Craig...... Puuuuurrrrrrrr........ ha! Phyllis Diller used to go to your church..... man, I would have gotten there early every Sunday just to sit by her...... I'd have been escorted out though 'cause there is nothing funnier than giggling in church...... my husband still gives me 'the look' ..... but this last episode had me doubled over laughing my guts out.....

You know how they list the order of service in the bulletin and, in our church anyway, when someone is going to sing a special song, the title of the song is printed on the left side of the page with leading decimals across to the name of the person singing it.....

Well, a couple of weeks ago our bulletin read:

"Who Killed Jesus"............. Doris Clark



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Old 11-29-2006, 08:45 AM
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beth,

my mother was the one that said that phyllis went to our church. i never met her, so must have been before my time. but i dont know about sitting next to her; i can imagine the little whispers about this or that would probably have gotten me banned as well

ah! so doris did it! i'd always wondered about those judas stories. boy, talk about your grassy knoll
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Old 11-29-2006, 02:18 PM
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Craig..... yep................. it was Doris .......... hehehe

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Old 11-29-2006, 06:15 PM
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Re: Old, badly damaged photo

hello boys and girls...... I am sorry, but your leg theory does not hold up My pants where not edited besides her left leg, but your legs are. You had to make them look like legs whils mine where pants all along.. I have to laugh though..... i wish the owner of the pic would come in and say something.... well never mind, pants or legs, in the end it does not matter. Those repairs are all damn good. I wish i had more time ATM so i could do a little more.

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Old 11-29-2006, 08:47 PM
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I don't recall that little girls of that era even wore pants, let alone under a dress. Just a thought . . .
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