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Could any one please take a look at this?

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Old 10-29-2004, 06:31 AM
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Could any one please take a look at this?

Hello,

There was this foto standing on a table at my grandmothers place. Its of my great great grandfather or something. I'm not sure. I do know its from 1921. I promised my grandmother to scan it someday so that she could keep the original locked away. Well I've done so today.

I've scanned it 2 times. One time at our normal real scanner. 600 dpi, bmp format: 10 Mb's very high res

And one time in our scanner, fax, copier combo:
1,15 Mb's Tiff


Now I thought, maybe I could make this photo a bit clearer in photoshop. (make the person stand out more) Also I think alot of details are missing. On the photo if I hold it at a certain angle with the light source at a certain point I see details on his pants (stripes and stuff) Now I don't see those on the scans.

I was wondering if any of you guys could take a look at the picture and maybe if you want fiddle with it. I tried darkening and lighting and messing with the curves, blurring etc etc in photoshop but I'm not to great in the program to really make anything usefull out of it.

Or if you have tips.

Thanks in advance.
Upke

Ps. If this is in the wrong forum or something, sorry.

Attached a thumb of the image, so you don't have to download 10 Mb's or 1,15
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File Type: jpg grandpa.jpg (82.1 KB, 118 views)

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Old 10-29-2004, 01:51 PM
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Hi Upke, your image is a little small to see any detail, or to do anything meaningful with, could you post one a little larger. Look for something about 800x600 pixels, and you should be able to get inside the 100K limit.
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Old 10-29-2004, 02:27 PM
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I've put 2 links in the post. One to a 10 Mb version and one to a 1,2 mb version. Do you need a smaller one from that?
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Old 10-29-2004, 02:54 PM
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Your second link (the 1.2 meg one) is named grandpa..tif (two periods).

Might effect peoples abilities to download it.

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Old 10-29-2004, 02:59 PM
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I've fixed the link. Thanks for the heads up. Haven't really paided attention to it.
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Old 10-30-2004, 01:30 AM
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Sorry Upke, still can't download your smaller file, and with a dial up, I'm not even going to try a 10M file.
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Old 10-30-2004, 08:34 AM
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Ok. I'll fix it up. Give me a few minutes.

Download 100 Kb image

Thanks for investing time in this!

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Old 10-30-2004, 08:41 AM
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Hi Upke,

Photos like this one are a real pain to get a good scan from! That bluish glare you see is called silvering......

I tried to mess with the smaller scan as that is the clearest of the 2 but I had no luck. Maybe you could look into having someone with a drum scanner give it a try? Unless someone here has a better idea....

Good luck!

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Old 10-30-2004, 08:41 AM
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A drum scanner?
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Old 10-30-2004, 10:19 AM
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The easy and quick way to correct the silvering is to find a studio or lab that will copy this with a digital camera and a double polorized light set up. Make sure the camera will produce a file size big enough to work with. Or one could do the copy on film and then scan the film. There are those who talk about scanning at different angles, then laying the different scans on top of each other and doing all kinds of picking which layer give the best result etc etc. I am of the opinion that such folks also like to beat their heads against hard objects

There have been several discussions on here about silvering, do a search to find out possiably more than you wanted to know!

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