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A Life in Pictures....

You might remember a project of mine a while back was to clean up some of my families (on my fathers side) photos. They ranged from 1820-1920 or so, and some were rather beaten.

If you didn't catch them the first time around the few I posted up are linked in my LJ memories.

Well now I've finished another one.. so I thought I'd show you all. Its a little later - after World War One, and features my great-grandfather again. Here's the low resolution version of a before and after shot:

The Gregg family, sometime post World War One.

Seated in a garden unknown (to me anyhow, my dad could probably hazard a guess to where it is) the Gregg family post for a photo outside. Aside from my great-grandfather the other two a little unknown - or rather there are several guesses as to who it might be. Its posible that the little girl might be my grandmother who passed away a few years ago. Not sure at this point.

This is the first photo I've worked on that wasn't in a photographers studio. However this was taken by a professional outfit, just that camera's had become portable and progressed enough to take good photos outdoors in variable light.

Its interesting working on these - as I get to see the development of an industry most of us take for granted nowadays...

This was a real pig to do. There were scratches, dirt marks, burns, frame impressions, and a whole host of other things like sun bleaching and water damage. Much like one of the others I did, I'm not wholely happy with it - but that is mostly because there was so much damage to
the original image.

Anyhow.. thoughts?

[edit - its my Grandmother and great-grandmother in the photo.. confirmed it by looking at some other photos of them both]


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9th Mar, 2005 22:00 (UTC)
thank you!

What on earth could have brought that up?
9th Mar, 2005 22:09 (UTC)
Very nice. The restored picture turned out much better than I would have thought it able to, judging from the original.
9th Mar, 2005 22:14 (UTC)
I've done that sort of job before. I know JUST how much work goes into this sort of thing. Nice job!
9th Mar, 2005 22:34 (UTC)
thank you! Most of the dirt and grime isn't even visible at this resolution either...

Ah well.. it was the worst condition one anyhow. All downhill from here ;)
9th Mar, 2005 22:48 (UTC)
I'm VERY impressed. And, I love old photos.
9th Mar, 2005 23:43 (UTC)
You are so talented at that. And you're right, it is fascinating. :)
10th Mar, 2005 00:01 (UTC)
It looks great!!!
But I'm wondering what you are using to retouch? Photoshop? or manual?
Just because I'm seeing a lack of hue depth and that usual indicates Photoshop.
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I didn't really clean it up much, but you might want to go for darkening the contrast of the foliage and the faces to the right, then retouching the faces pixel-by-pixel...

Still - amazing work!!! What a NEAT project!!!
10th Mar, 2005 07:36 (UTC)
You mean a lack of contrast? Yes there is a lack of contrast but thats because of the source image. I didn't adjust it any more because then you start losing detail in the darker areas that should be visible (for example around his legs in your image).

But yes, if I adjusted the levels a bit more and on a selective basis I could get some more contrast in some areas. It was a judgement call really.. and I also couldn't be bothered with the image any longer. Its taken a while.

Also - remember that this image is about 1/3 of the size I'm working on - there is a lot more depth and detail in the original size.

But yes, photoshop CS is what I use.
10th Mar, 2005 15:22 (UTC)
well it's amazing what you've done to it nonetheless! :)
10th Mar, 2005 16:30 (UTC)
Hehe thank you :)

Stay tuned for more old photo goodness!
10th Mar, 2005 00:12 (UTC)
wow, i didnt even see your great grandfather in the first picture.
my teacher really likes the drawing (and the photo) of your great grandfather
everyone agreed people should still dress like that

and its not just me who thinks he is hot! several other girls commented also ;)
10th Mar, 2005 01:37 (UTC)
I find these photos very interesting. I hope you've got more to work on. :)
10th Mar, 2005 07:41 (UTC)
LOTS more.

I'm going to scan another one in tonight, but I've got lots of webstuff to do so its going to take a back seat for the next week or so.
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