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« on: September 04, 2010 08:56:42 PM »

My Mother always wanted to have a colorized picture to hang on the wall next to Dad's old army picture. My Dad was killed in a car crash while stationed at Ft Sill back in 1954 when Mom was only two months pregnant with me. We don't have many pictures of either of them and all are black and white and mostly out of focus, faded and/or damaged somehow. All except the colorized portrait of Dad in his uniform that Mom had done right after he died.  So last year I was looking through some of Mom's old photos and found a few I didn't remember seeing before. They were those tiny little ones taken in a booth somewhere. One of them wasn't faded nearly as badly as the others and it was a really nice picture of her, so I brought it home and tried to play around with it in my photo program.  I hadn't done much more than minor fixes before but I had purchased a book and a couple of magazines on restoration in the past with good intentions of trying to learn but just never seemed to have the time.  Now I had the perfect motivation to try to learn something new so many many many hours, days, weeks later I finally finished the best that I could.  I know it's not perfect, far from it, but Mom is so happy with it.  To try to make it match more with Dad's I scanned his then took the whole background behind him and put it behind Mom.  I did some minor touchup to Dad's and then sized them the same so I could put them in matching frames. Mom was so pleased that she gave me Dad's original portrait to keep and she now has both of hers hanging in the living room. So here is Mom's before and after.

This is Mom after some touch up and repair but before color.(I accidentally saved my corrections over the original.)


This is the end result. I know the color is kind of strong but Mom's eyesight isn't so good and since this was all for her, I wanted her to be able to see it.


     
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2010 09:25:39 PM »

I love it! I hope she does too. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2010 09:55:26 PM »

this is amazing gift.
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2010 10:38:53 PM »

What an awesome gift! Your work definitely paid off, it looks amazing.
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2010 12:00:08 AM »

That's so beautiful - you've done a brilliant job.
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2010 12:02:01 AM »

Oh wow, you did a great job! The photo looks beautiful, and very much of the era.
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2010 12:03:04 AM »

Its a good restoration job. Beautiful pic.
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2010 05:34:14 AM »

Your colouring looks totally authentic. And I don't think it's too strong at all.
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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2010 07:30:28 AM »

So pretty!
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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2010 09:00:33 AM »

Thank you all for your very kind words. It was really fun to work on. I have since gathered several more pictures that need some TLC.  It takes me a long time because so much of it for me is trial and error(mostly error). But I find it very relaxing and rewarding. Thanks again.
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