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Everything old is new again...

Well.. I promiced you all more, so here it is.

This was a hard one to do, for some obvious reasons, so I'm interested in what you think about it. I don't know his name, its been lost, only that he has a truely special beard, and that this photo was taken around 1820 or so.

Photo taken around 1820, name of relative unknown.

Would be interesting to find out who this was, really should do in a way. Some time I'll work out a pictorial family tree or something. Oh, by the way, the guy before? He was my great-grand-father not uncle! More of a direct relation than I thought, got kind of confused after viewing so many different photos of people.

Anyhow, so there you go.. this is the earliest photo I have, what do you think?

To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.
- Chinese Proverb

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darkcryst
11th Apr, 2004 05:59 (UTC)
Re: That is a truly special beard.
Thanks :)

The toughest part was prolly the huge ass scratch there... right pain.
rethought
10th Apr, 2004 21:04 (UTC)
I'm really enjoying seeing these pics.

And I'm super impressed with your photoshop skills... :)
darkcryst
11th Apr, 2004 06:00 (UTC)
thanks! :) many more to come :)
lousy_timing
10th Apr, 2004 21:36 (UTC)
Ah- see?
The resemblance makes even more sense now, doesn't it?

I hope I have honed my computer skills adequately to do a similar project when my grandmother hands over the photo catalog to me. While I may not get much in the way of furniture or jewelry, I am getting the things that matter most to me; books, victrola records (and the victrola) photos and the biggest box of vintage Valentines I have ever seen!
darkcryst
11th Apr, 2004 06:01 (UTC)
Re: Ah- see?
The trick, I find, is to work on things in steps. I removed the dirt first (mostly), then went onto stains, then scratches.. etc.

Also, snapshots and layers will help you, so if you screw up its easy to undo.
mind_opened
10th Apr, 2004 22:07 (UTC)
Dang!
Look at the details you brought out in his hands and the arm of the chair. The work it must have taken to get everything so clean without loosing the detail! Wow... just wow! And very cool quote too.

darkcryst
11th Apr, 2004 06:05 (UTC)
Re: Dang!
Took a lot longer than the other one, mostly because it was a lot more damaged than the other one.

The scratch in the left had almost completely removed the image underneath so I had to construct it using a lot of educated guesswork.

Bringing out the detail is a matter of some level adjusting and subtle sharpening.
miriammiriam
10th Apr, 2004 23:08 (UTC)
"... Just couldn't think of much to say other than "whoo! cool" and I try not to post pointless comments like that."
WHOO! COOL!
see how good that feels? ;)
darkcryst
11th Apr, 2004 05:51 (UTC)
LOL!
miriammiriam
10th Apr, 2004 23:16 (UTC)
p.s
i really like that flogging molly song you sent me, do you have any more?
darkcryst
11th Apr, 2004 05:41 (UTC)
Re: p.s
I have the whole album :D
anab1
11th Apr, 2004 08:38 (UTC)
stunning dude.. you're hired for my photo editing jobs.
darkcryst
11th Apr, 2004 11:27 (UTC)
hehe yay! :D thanks! ;)
rinnywee
11th Apr, 2004 10:22 (UTC)
Looks like you...

If you want help with genealogy, lemme know. I'm back to 1690 on one branch of my family.
darkcryst
11th Apr, 2004 11:26 (UTC)
look like me?? You think?

And yeah.. I've been thinking about asking you to help and stuff, I'll prolly wait till I'm done with the photos tho. My dad is also totally useless when it comes to info >_
a_muse_d
12th Apr, 2004 00:28 (UTC)
he has my grandfather's eyesockets.
darkcryst
12th Apr, 2004 05:40 (UTC)
He STOLE them!? *gasp* ;)
a_muse_d
12th Apr, 2004 22:13 (UTC)
i consider it "borrowed" ;)
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