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Old 08-31-2003, 07:41 PM
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Interesting photo. I punt.... Over to you Roger. Or Flora???

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Old 09-01-2003, 12:40 AM
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Now I get it!

Your photos were just underexposed, not enough light into the camera - or out of the range that the sensor is sensitive to - or low low light with a high iso/slow shutter speed. I asume this is digital, it would look just about the same without so much of the color noise if it was film.

The way the image was exposed it should really be black everywhere that there is no detail. That is what the camera really saw at that exposure, it is just that the camera introduces the noise in that situation which gives the illusion that something is there.

So here is my take on the master disaster ...

Make a good cover for a mystery killer thriller
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Old 09-01-2003, 01:34 AM
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Here is my stab at it. Played with levels for quite a while trying to get it clearer but what you'll see is the best I was able to achive. Also removed noise via Neatimage and applied a sharpening by duplicating the layer-
-filter
-other-
-hi pass at 1.5
-set to overlay on layers pallet.
and here are my results.
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Old 09-01-2003, 09:39 PM
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Roger,

Then what you are basically saying is that Photoshop could not ever really repair these particular photos because there is no information on the image for Photoshop to interpret. Photoshop can only repair what the camera can see.

Bummer.

Well, that is ok. At least I have learned how to tell the difference between a photo that can be fixed and a photo that can't.

Conk,

That turned out really good.

I was never able to get the image to improve that much. However, I did notice the noise in the four corners of that picture could not be totally eradicated. I guess this was just a problem that was similar to what Roger just described.

I am curious, Cronk, you mentioned the word Neatimage. Is this a filter?
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Old 09-01-2003, 10:25 PM
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Photoshop can only repair what the camera can see
Exactly, unless you borrow from another image or paint it in ...
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Old 09-02-2003, 01:32 AM
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Thanks Jimmy.
The white corners can only be filled in by your imagination. So yes, what Roger says is exactly right.
Neatimage is a stand alone program that does come as a plugin. I can't live without it since I was turned on to it. Here is a link to the site. You'll find the demo itself works fantastic.
http://www.neatimage.com/
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Old 09-02-2003, 11:01 AM
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Thanks everyone for all the help you have provided here in this topic.

The photo may not be restorable, however, I have learned how to recognize what a unrestorable looks like. This way I know what photos to focus on and what photos to put back.

Roger,

The painting or borrowing idea is out for now. I don't know how to paint that well, and as for borrowing, it would end up looking like Frankenstein's photo.

Oh, well. At least we don't have a mountain stack of bad family photos that are not repairable.
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Old 09-04-2003, 10:22 AM
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Hi everybody!

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Interesting photo. I punt.... Over to you Roger. Or Flora???
.... thank you so much for the trust you put in my 'Photoshop skills' , Catia!!!

...Well, I had to try it .... what I did was:

1) After duplicating the background Layer, working on each individual Channel, I used Levels and Curves to adjust tone and colour a bit (for this picture, it helped to decrease the contrast/shadows and to increase the overall darkness/midtones a bit as to minimize the kind of faded 'halo' around the picture)

2) I used a Selective Color Adjustment Layer to further balance the colour.

After that, it was Layer upon Layer (Blending: Multiply, Overlay, Soft Light and Color) to individually correct different parts of the picture.

The result is a bit on the 'darkish' side ... but it was evening ....wasn't it? ...
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Old 09-04-2003, 10:45 AM
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Excellent work. I find a touch of darkness far more acceptable than white corners.
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Old 09-05-2003, 03:36 PM
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Hi Colin!

Thank you very much for your feedback ... and, needless to say, I absolutely agree with you!
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