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01/08/2011 07:44:33 PM · #1
I have been given a photo that went through the floods. The owner cried when she found it. It was disappearing before her eyes but we managed to grab it at this stage. It is the only photo left of her mum. I don't think I have asked for help like this before, so please, if anyone can help restore this back to a printable image, please, please help. Under the photo there is a large version link. Please use that and post any results here. This image, I feel, is beyond me.

Thankyou so much everyone.

Cropped Large version
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Message edited by author 2011-01-08 19:57:10.
01/08/2011 08:17:14 PM · #2
If he doesn't respond, send Brad a PM! He rocks at this.
01/08/2011 08:32:31 PM · #3
I'm gonna take a crack at it (sans Godzilla)...
01/08/2011 08:33:37 PM · #4
Thanks Art.

Karmat...I sent Brad a message...I hope he isn't AWOL atm..lol!
01/08/2011 08:48:04 PM · #5
I'd help in a heartbeat if I were good at this, but there are many here who are far better than I, and this is a daunting restoration. I know Ken has the skillz, and I am sure Brad will respond, so we can have a face-off between them :-)

R.
01/08/2011 08:51:22 PM · #6
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

I'd help in a heartbeat if I were good at this, but there are many here who are far better than I, and this is a daunting restoration. I know Ken has the skillz, and I am sure Brad will respond, so we can have a face-off between them :-)

R.


Thanks Bear. I sat looking at it for a while before admitting this is way beyond me. There is an indentation on the very bottom, but I can't make out who it is. I am hoping this may give a clue to the photographer, but even if I found them, I doubt there would be any negatives remaining.
01/09/2011 08:21:56 AM · #7
Well. I am not completely happy with it, but here's my attempt...
(click for full sized image)

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01/09/2011 08:40:09 AM · #8
Wow. Nice work Ken.
01/09/2011 09:30:40 AM · #9
Holy WOW Ken that is stunningly amazing, I am blown away
01/09/2011 09:31:56 AM · #10
Someone has mad skillz but where is Godzilla?
01/09/2011 09:35:00 AM · #11
Fantastic work Ken! I'm sure she'll be more than happy!
01/09/2011 10:48:41 AM · #12
Originally posted by jminso:

Someone has mad skillz but where is Godzilla?


It had to happen once that Ken actually HELPED somebody... ;) Great work Ken!
01/09/2011 03:13:53 PM · #13
Dayam!!! I'm impressed!!!!

Ken, can I sit at your feet and idolize you?
01/09/2011 03:22:03 PM · #14
Incredible job, Art.

The only thing that doesn't seem quite right to me is the neck. I snagged a screenshot of your animation and took the neck in a little on the right side. The neck also looks a bit flat, and I think it could be because that neck muscle isn't there. Perhaps add some slight shadowing or highlighting?

Here's my edit from the screenshot of Art's animation. No way I can duplicate what Art did from Judi's original, heh.

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01/09/2011 03:42:07 PM · #15
I think you both did a fantastic job!
01/09/2011 03:45:49 PM · #16
My only suggestion, and it is just that because I am in total awe of ken's work, is to soften the hair. That may help it match in "softness" some.

Of course, even without anything that is mind-blowing.

I have no doubt she will be THRILLED.
01/09/2011 04:18:22 PM · #17
Originally posted by aliqui:

Incredible job, Art.

The only thing that doesn't seem quite right to me ...

In my view of the animation there's a rather bright spot on her left (our right) cheek, which looks like a banding effect -- perhaps it doesn't show in the high-res version? I have a little experience with this, and I'm pretty sure you've done better than I would/could have.

And, like others, I really appreciate you taking the time to help out a fellow human in need, and helping to make this site a community and not just a contest.
01/09/2011 05:15:14 PM · #18
Originally posted by coryboehne:

It had to happen once that Ken actually HELPED somebody... ;) Great work Ken!

You just haven't been around long enough, Cory. ;-)

Thanks for the positive comments and helpful critiques. I know the face and neck need some work and probably the hair also. I spent two hours on the face alone, deleted 3 iterations and started over each time. The face is the most important part to get right, so anyone else is free to copy my high-res edited version and see if you can make improvements. Keep the final at the highest res though, so Judi can use it for print. Maybe just post a crop of the head in the thread for review.

Anyway, gotta get some work done. I hope Judi's neighbor is able to use it.

As an aside, I have occasionally been reminded that I may lose some very precious old family prints if I had a flood or fire, so I have been gradually digitizing them over time and keeping backups of them in a safe place. I have a flatbed scanner, but the process is slow and I found that with a simple setup and the right lighting, I can snap digital shots of prints easier and faster with my DSLR.
01/09/2011 05:27:37 PM · #19
Wow!! This is just amazing Art. You should go and make after-dinner speeches for $10,000 a pop explaining how to do this type of work. I'm very impressed.
01/09/2011 05:36:55 PM · #20
Gawd in heaven! What a great job, Ken!

R.
01/09/2011 05:56:33 PM · #21
Thanks for posting your full res, Art. I touched up her neck like I had in the smaller version, cleaned up some other random stuff, and dodged her face to make it match the highlights of her hands a little closer. I also ran Topaz DeNoise on it and blurred some clothing edges and her hair.

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01/09/2011 06:38:56 PM · #22
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:



Thanks for the positive comments and helpful critiques. I know the face and neck need some work and probably the hair also. I spent two hours on the face alone, deleted 3 iterations and started over each time. The face is the most important part to get right, so anyone else is free to copy my high-res edited version and see if you can make improvements. Keep the final at the highest res though, so Judi can use it for print. Maybe just post a crop of the head in the thread for review.

Anyway, gotta get some work done. I hope Judi's neighbor is able to use it.

As an aside, I have occasionally been reminded that I may lose some very precious old family prints if I had a flood or fire, so I have been gradually digitizing them over time and keeping backups of them in a safe place. I have a flatbed scanner, but the process is slow and I found that with a simple setup and the right lighting, I can snap digital shots of prints easier and faster with my DSLR.


Ken...omg...what can I say. THANKYOU THANKYOU. She is going to be so happy. I am sure she is going to want to thank you....so let me know the best way. Again..thankyou.

And Aliqui.....thankyou also for all of your effort...you did a good thing here.
01/09/2011 06:47:32 PM · #23
I noticed if you blow the image way up that all the pixels are shaped like Godzilla.... Great job Ken!
01/09/2011 06:57:37 PM · #24
That's mind-bogglingly good. Where did the hand come from, Ken? Great polishing job, Aliqui.

R.
01/09/2011 07:06:55 PM · #25
Holy crap, it's like "CSI ROFLMAO"!
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