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Old 08-13-2001, 09:53 PM
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Examples of our restoration work

Hi All,
I uploaded several before and after examples of some of my restoration work in the hopes that you all might follow suit. I thought it would be nice to see what we've done outside of the challenges in the restoration work.
These photos range from my very first efforts to my latest works. (Not in any order) So if you are interested check them out here
Give me your critiques, thoughts etc. I can use all the help I can get.
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Old 08-13-2001, 10:04 PM
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Very nice. I especially liked 'man at the bar' and 'two women restored'.

You seem to have a particular knack at pulling out details from shadow areas. Maybe you could share your technique?

The closest thing I could have for criticism is that sometimes the saturation levels don't match (see 'fire truck colored') and edges can be a bit abrupt (see 'scene manipulation'). But I'm trying really hard to find something to criticize. They're really quite great!
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Old 08-14-2001, 06:11 AM
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Way to go Debbie! I especially liked the "two women restored". You did a great job on that.

I hope you have a signed release for "muscles". I surely don't remember signing it.

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Old 08-14-2001, 06:49 AM
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Hey DJ,

What beautiful work you have done!! Outstanding!!!

It's obvious you enjoy the colorization as you put a lot of feeling into getting the right colors for the era.

I particularly liked the sleepy boy and pup...very nice effect.

I also tried to find critisizm...but wasn't able to see any immediate problems.

I do have a question for you though, have you received any colorization jobs where there were trees and all their many leaves involved? I received a request from a customer and cringed when I saw the trees. Maybe that might be a good challenge to colorize a very detailed black and white. It's one thing to do portrait type pictures but one with a lot of detail like your stereoscope is really quite difficult..at least to me it is..lol.

Cudos for all the time you spent in setting up your webshots pics, I'll have to try out webshots as I haven't seen that site before.

Again, beautiful work!
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what a great way to start my day. i love your stuff, dj. i really liked the two sisters combined. as usual, much of it pulled @ the heart strings and made me want to know the rest of the story; that is one extra special benefit of this work. the way the goat popped out was really cool. and i love the face on that little girl who was you. where were you?and how clever of you to get ed to model, we have all wondered what he looked like. just like i thought.
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Old 08-14-2001, 08:00 AM
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Excellent work Dj!!!! I am enthralled with the WW 1 soilder. Great job!!!! Tom
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Old 08-14-2001, 10:44 AM
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Thank you all. You are a real encouragement to someone's efforts. I can't wait to see all yours. Hint Hint

Doug-
I realized how drastically hard edges show up by printing that "scene manipulation" I have since learned to blur my selections more. Good catch. Incidently, that was my son in that picture after he fell face first in the sand. As for the firetruck, I could never quite see what the problem was with that one, mostly because when you work on something so long, you don't always see it like someone else does. You are right about the saturation on the truck but I just couldn't see until you said it. I bet that's why it didn't print so nice. Thanks, that was a good observation and a learning experience for me.

As for the shadow details maybe I will post a tip in the tips section. I hated how scanners get the white detail at the expense of the darks and vise versa so I have been trying to get around that.

The 2 women restored was a job I had that at first I was only going to do the upper bodies. I just couldn't do that. I thought the photo was better in it's entirety so I cloned the legs of the older woman and slimmed them down on her daughter then cloned the rest of the area to fill in the floors and curtains.

The man at the bar had sooooo much damage since the guy had been sitting on it for 40 years. It looked like it was crunched up fine and ironed out. That was a nasty one. There was no skin detail it was all cracks. I blew it up and used the dodge tool and a small brush to lighten all the webwork cracking. Then cloned hair from another photo he had. I still had to shadow and highlight to get his face to have some definition. It became a painting more than a photo. What a job!

Ed- Muscles is now in his late 70s and is an exact model of the big belly Buddah. That's his nickname even. Blew me away when I saw him after working on that photo and his bar scene photo.

Tom - the WWI soldier was my first PAYING job. I was thrilled to be able to give them back a piece of thier history. Guess that's what gave me the encouragement to pursue this line of work.

Kathleen- The little boy with the goat was my son Jason at 4 years old. Yeah I'm the little kid (about 12) on the horse if that was the one you were mentioning.

Thanks again guys for all your wonderful comments. Encourgagement and constuctive help are priceless to someone who's not always sure of themselves.
DJ

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Old 08-14-2001, 10:58 AM
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The legs was one of the reasons I liked it. Great touch.
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Old 08-14-2001, 11:06 AM
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Doug,
I just figured since they were mother and daughter there parts were interchangeable. Guess it worked. The client loved it.
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Old 08-14-2001, 11:42 AM
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Debbie,

You said "The man at the bar had sooooo much damage since the guy had been sitting on it
for 40 years". If I had been sitting on a bar for 40 years, I'd have a lot of damage too! Sorry, just had to get that one in .

I'm on my way to check out your web site. The part I missed, that is.

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