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Old 05-17-2011, 08:15 PM
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Hello all. Here I am again with more photographs sent to me by a client. I had to tell him that restoration was impossible. I hate saying that but you tell me what you would have said.
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/i...toration/4.jpg
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/i...toration/3.jpg
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/i...toration/2.jpg
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/i...toration/1.jpg
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/i...n/3204582f.jpg

WHAT on Gods green earth could have damaged these so badly they are only from 1968.
I at first thought it was a joke, but there is a graduated I found within.. So sad when people let them go for so long.
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:23 PM
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Re: Impossible to Restore

They look like they are all the same batch of pics... maybe weak chemistry and the prints weren't fixed properly?
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:29 AM
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LOL. You should have said 'no problem', waited a few days and then handed over a selection of someone else's school pix! 'Cash or cheque sir'?
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:37 AM
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I do not recall seeing anything so far gone - and from 1968!!! While it is possible that very poor processing is the culprit I think that there would need to be more than this to make them so bad in such a relatively short period. Maybe storage near volatile chemicals, excessive heat etc etc.

Think you will have to wait for Photoshop CS10 extended special edition to tackle those
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:17 AM
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Re: Impossible to Restore

I thought this was a wind-up at first. I can't shine any light on the cause of the damage, but, undeterred, wanted to see if there was any image at all.

There is an image on 2 and 4 (attached), a very indistinct image on a third one and 2 pieces of stained paper.

These are the best I could get.

You might have to wait for the mythical 'fix it' button that some bosses seem to believe exists.
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:20 AM
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Arent those the worst?!! OMGosh. I was in total shock and wanted to share these so bad!!
I dont think that trying to pass anothers pics would be a good idea as he knows what he looks like....lol
I would guess they were from the same photographer as it was his graduation day.
SC10? maybe 30...lol
I want one of these! - mythical 'fix it' button
This is what I could do in a fast moment, just to see if I could do it or not, have to try...
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/i...ninlady/11.jpg
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:44 AM
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The diagonal streak on every one of them has me stumped, but the color and fading or whatever you want to call it might be from the photos being submerged in some kind of flood with who knows what in the water?????
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:46 AM
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The diagonal streak is a crack. I would guess that something was sitting on them. and that they were stacked somewhere, I too thought flood. Lord knows there have been many of those!
But Ive never seen a photo after a flood so I dont know.
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:19 PM
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Yeah, I too would have said these were non-restores. And if you want to see what flood damage looks like, volunteer for Operation Photo Rescue (operationphotorescue.org) or check out their forum.
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Old 05-18-2011, 01:21 PM
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Yeah, I too would have said these were non-restores. And if you want to see what flood damage looks like, volunteer for Operation Photo Rescue (operationphotorescue.org) or check out their forum.
Yay! I will. Thank you. I have been trying to do this for ever two years?.. sad, but seemed like every time I got the addy something was going on and I couldnt commit.
So Id save the site.
Computer crashed - cant count how many time, lost the site, got rid of the vista invested pc and now have a light weight w7 so Im good to go.
AND as you can see Im not going to be able to do that job...lol
Awe, I feel so bad that that guy but there is nothing I can do, its beyond my talent.
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