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Old 11-20-2008, 03:04 PM
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Re: ah I DO get the worst!

Well for better or worse heres what I came up with. As usual Im not happy with it, buy hey I don't get much to work with...lol
And again, there are other photographs of these two so its not like they need a perfect replica.
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Old 11-22-2008, 12:20 AM
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Re: ah I DO get the worst!

your cloning is getting better. and, you never need an excuse to come see us, either needing help, giving help, or just showing off
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Old 11-22-2008, 04:45 AM
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Re: ah I DO get the worst!

Thanks Craig. I originally posted this for you to show you yet another piece from this set of photos that was terrible.
Like I had said I dont know what to ask for help, so that being said, I will take any advice given
I do have one question that I am more than likely in the wrong thread for.
What is a reasonable time to restore 30 photographs, most like the one seen above?
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Old 11-22-2008, 01:58 PM
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Re: ah I DO get the worst!

omg that is a nightmare. You have done a great job so far!!!! i wouldnt know where to start!
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Old 11-22-2008, 03:17 PM
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Re: ah I DO get the worst!

Lookin' good ! One idea... since the upper half (sky) is so light, and the boards stand out if not just right, you could just copy one of the lower boards to a new layer, move in place and merge into the image just so... a little other compositing required. But, that could have made the upper boards look straighter and more appealing to the eye. The sky itself is quite often washed out in these older photos, especially after a little fading.
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Old 11-22-2008, 08:05 PM
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Re: ah I DO get the worst!

kate,

there is no fixed time on restoring these. the formula is something like: best-guess - your skill + client expectation + weariness + eyestrain + headaches + godonlyknowswhatelse the biggest point is probably client expectation. that one can be a real variable and easily miscommunicated. it can also determine finished quality. you also have to juggle time versus quality or quantity vs quality. that's always going to be a judgement call. too much time = no more clients. too little quality = no more clients. so, it's a juggle at times. and the last point is, when in doubt, talk to the client! i've bid work before that was way underbid. i just couldnt afford to do the work for what i originally bid. i went back to the client and told them, i'll do the work for what i bid it at, but i'd really need to re-negotiate this one. since this was an ongoing client whom i'd done work with before and because we'd be doing work in the future and because some extra difficulties came up, of which he was aware, we re-nogotiated and all was well. so, the bottom line is always TALK TO THE CLIENT!
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:53 AM
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Re: ah I DO get the worst!

I had thought the same thing Tommy, but wasnt sure where to start with it. I found a point and did my best. Is this any better?
After previewing the post I see its darker than what I have here, but I hope you get the idea.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:24 PM
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Re: ah I DO get the worst!

Thanks Craig. Thats good advice. There is no science here. I know with one of the disaster photos I worked a solid 4hrs and lost all the work I had done cause pspx2 crashed on me. NOW I save all the time.
I did send her an email and she came back with no worries, that she will come pick them up when I'm done, just let her know. So you are right, just talk to the customer and always be honest.

Sorry I didnt answer this sooner, we must have posted at around the same time or my eyes were clone blind...lol and I missed it. I just now saw your post.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:31 PM
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thanks, kate and yes, honesty always, except when you need to lie

why the tree in that last posting?
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:24 AM
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Re: ah I DO get the worst!

Oh I do understand the lil white lie when I need to. Like giving up on something and saying there wasnt any way to retrieve the information from the film... When I was just lazy or fed up. bad bad girl.


The tree was in the original photograph.


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