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Thread: perhaps an ancestor...

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    perhaps an ancestor...

    I found an old photo (actually just the negative) in an old building that was knocked over by a small tornado on the family farm a few years ago. I scanned the negative, and inverted the colours in Gimp to create a positive image, and I've been fascinated by the photo ever since. I assume it's long lost family member, but I can't say for sure.

    Just for fun, I've tried to make a digital painting using the photo as a reference. I have to admit, I've given up because the folds and ribbons and bows in the clothing is beyond my skill set right now, but I'm almost pleased with the result. I'll probably come back to it later...

    I've included the original photo - I think it must be from the 1920's
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    I think you have done a tremendous job with this.

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    Very great painting. I also like very old photos like those already turn to yellow. I think it's good work on the folds.

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    I think you did an outstanding job...!!!!!!

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    Thank you for the encouragement and kind words everyone. I wanted to improve the way I paint folds in fabric, etc, and this old photo seemed a good reference to practice with. By no means perfect, and many more "trials and errors" are surely going to be attempted.
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    You did a great job. You've given me an idea. I think I'll scan my negetives to find out what I come up with.
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    thanks Alexandra - I never thought about it, but a better rendition could be Maxfield Parish-ish, couldn't it?

    thanks Evart - if you decide to scan negatives, I found that placing a piece of plain paper (not glossy) behind the negative improves the chances of it working. It doesn't always work well, and color negatives don't work as well as black and white. And you'll probably have to increse the resolution to about 600 dpi to get a decent sized picture. I have a scanner that does film now, but it works only with 35mm. This particular old photo was from an old box camera, and the negative was about 4 inches X 3 inches, so it didn't even come close to fitting into the slots for scanning hegatives.
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    What a fabulous job you did no this.
    Valerie

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