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    What to do with this?

    Several of my neighbors have been sending me images they've taken with
    their P&S, cell phone or "other" cameras, and I've been retouching and reprocessing
    them just for the practice (and, of course the neighbors appreciate it too..lol).

    Old fellow sent me this pic that he had taken in Yellowstone many years ago,
    and it was taken with a Sony Mavica that stored the pics on a 3.5" floppy. These
    cameras were not actually digital, but were on the leading edge at the time.

    He said: "See what you can do to fix it up"

    Me: "Sure Bill..you betchya"...)

    The original image size was 640x480, so there's really not a lot of data there to
    work with:

    What to do with this?

    Working in Lightroom 3.6, there wasn't really much I could do to it without creating
    an unacceptable amount of noise, and after several attempts I gave up and decided
    it had more potential as a B&W.

    Messed with the sliders a bit, and decided to selectively color in the flowers, as they
    seemed to be the best feature/main element of the pic. Cranked it up to 300% and
    then hand-painted the flowers with the touch-up brush.

    Tried this version with and without the graininess:

    What to do with this?

    What to do with this?

    The grain seems to cover-up the bad pixels in the upper right corner while giving the
    pic a different "flavor"..

    And finally with a white vignette ...not my favorite, but the wife likes it better..

    What to do with this?

    What would you have done with it? Feel free to have a go at reprocessing the
    original and sharing your results...

    And of course, C&C is always appreciated...

    Mike

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    Re: What to do with this?

    You got your hands full Mike! I had a quick play, always kinda fun to test myself. I did not do anything new just maybe pushed it a little differently.
    Looking at them now....maybe a little too much. lol
    What to do with this?

    What to do with this?

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    Re: What to do with this?

    Ok...couldn't help myself.

    What to do with this?

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    Re: What to do with this?

    Quote Originally Posted by jeeperman View Post
    Ok...couldn't help myself.

    Wow...now that is an interesting ...'er.....interpretation. Haven't seen anything like that since
    the late '70's, but I still like it! What to do with this?

    I had about the same results on the color version...just didn't do anything for me, and
    the flowers seemed to be the only socially redeeming characteristic.

    Mike

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    Re: What to do with this?

    LOL! I had the same thought Mike, but ya know......I like it more everytime I see it.

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    Re: What to do with this?

    Is this colour rework any good -

    What to do with this?

    Philip

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    Re: What to do with this?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrB View Post
    Is this colour rework any good -

    Philip
    It's as good or better than anything Paul or I came up with....

    Basically, the image's only redeeming value is the purple flowers, and
    with such a low resolution image there's just not much that can be done
    with it.

    Mike

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