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Reconstructing A Photo With What's Left

Posted by nrsmcmanus@gmail.com on February 23, 2015 at 2:10 PM

Photos having sentimental value are high on the list of ones that should be repaired and restored.  The image shown below (or rather what was left of it) meant a lot to the client and her family even though she had other photos of her father that were in better shape.  At first glance I was a little concerned, but upon closer inspection, I realized it was a basic outdoor park scene without any specific or recognizable landmarks, and that most of the main subject was still there. 


I considered using a scenic background from another source, but then decided to try to adapt the trees, the sky and the grass that already existed.  Portions of these were copied, manipulated to look slightly different, and then pieced together to create and fill in, while trying to avoid any tell-tale repetitions.  I did need to "borrow" the foreground grass from another photo in order to center the portrait a little bit better.  After careful blending the result was a believable background that combined with the original fragment to create a 5 x 7 frame-worthy photo.  The client loved it!



Restoration Video - New Background

Posted by nrsmcmanus@gmail.com on January 30, 2014 at 4:15 PM

It's important when replacing a background on a photograph for it to blend seamlessly and look like it could have been part of the original, matching both tone and texture.  Many times I see "restorations" where the subject appears to have been "cut out" and "pasted" bringing visions of scrapbooking to mind.


Check out how Uncle Hip's WWII Army Air Force Portrait looks with a new background!


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