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Old 09-26-2003, 06:53 PM
big_bad_toxman big_bad_toxman is offline
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Thanks Flora!

I always find it a little bit hard to let-go and say enough is enough. I was so tempted to completely clone out all of the dirt from the background! I think I need someone standing behind me with a stick to say STOP!!

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Old 09-29-2003, 07:31 AM
e.b.west e.b.west is offline
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I've been gone for a while and missed your posts.

Flora...I never have an objection to you trying to fix what I can't. I've gone back to the picture several times and knew that something wasn't right with it. You not only saw it but fixed it, thanks very much. I'll try your approach as soon as I can and see if I can get close to your results.

Big Bad... I agree, changes you made are subtle and don't look over done.

Thanks again.

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Old 03-25-2004, 12:47 AM
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My version - Pls comment

This is my first trial. Look forward to your comment. Cheers
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Old 03-25-2004, 10:49 AM
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If I may post from a photographers view point:

When shooting a couple like that, it is pretty hard to get a background that has such an even color and density across it like some of the examples shown here. That is one of the things that to me just screams that this has been played with. So whatever it takes, gradient tool, burn or dodge or whatever make the background change as you look across it. The bigger (ie more folks in the photo) then the more change you will need. In a studio lighting a larger backdrop with exact color and density all the way across gets way harder if not impossiable.

Rodger asked "I have wondered with the consistant sun light and print emulsions if photographic dye layers always faded in the same way ..."
The answer is no. Most of fading is a reaction to light (uv) but there are also problems with the chemistry, washing, differences in the manufacture of the paper etc etc. Also do not discount the reaction between the paper and the fumes in the enviroment. Had a customer that put some prints into a drawer that had just been refinished with some kind of wood finish that was still emiting a strong smell. The result was no images left on the paper! (who knows what it did to the people in the house)

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