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  1. mysteryscribe

    mysteryscribe TPF Noob!

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    Today my neighbor brought me a yard sale photo to look at. He purchased it because the image of a man who looked like young teddy roosevelt was on it. It was a classic sepia portrait, or so I thought.

    The frame was a plaster trim on wood design which dates it way back. Image was sepia and large 20 x 24 at least. When I first looked at it, it was pure photography and I thought wow really nice lighting in that studio.

    I made the discovery quite by accident. I was looking for the paper grain when I noticed that the luminisent face had a different texture. On closer examination I noticed what look like brush marks but only on the face. It appears that a wash of off white was applied to the face to give it a little more depth.

    I don't suppose anyone knows if this was common. I never saw it but the image appears that it might actually be a prominent Hispanic banker type. Just curious I never saw this "selective coloring before." When I saw a tinted it is usually all over.

    I do some sepia, then digiatal tint and even air brush. So it looks as though it wasn't so far from a vintage technique after all.

    Any ideas...
     
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    Not without being able to see it. But it sure sounds interesting!
     
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    mysteryscribe TPF Noob!

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    It isn't mine lol... Don't get me started collecting old portraits. My house runith over already.
     
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    maybe you could borrow it, scan it and give it back...then we could see too. Ah I've been away too long.
     
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    DARNIT!!!! If only there was some way to record images VISUALLY and distribute them among other people freely without losing the original image.

    :sexywink:

    P.S. I'd really like to see this too, so if you get a chance, by all means, upload a quick digi pic!
     
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    Yes, this was common among portriat photographers of the day to do this kind of "enhancing." Sometimes you even see a little rouge added to a portrait, the customer is more likely to buy it if they look good! Goes back to smearing a bit of vaseline on the lens for that blur effect.
     

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