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#1 Leaviathan

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Posted 28 December 2016 - 08:13 PM

I just scanned a photo that's been in my Navy photo album since the 80's. It's an Israeli missile boat in between two of our ships off the coast of Beirut in 82. The first one is the original, and the second I just edited a little in Elements 14. It was very hazy, but that's what my Pentax MV1 gave me on that day. What techniques do you use after scanning to improve the color?

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Posted 28 December 2016 - 08:16 PM

Did you scan to a .TIF or directly to a JPEG?  Resolution?


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Posted 28 December 2016 - 08:49 PM

JPEG, I think it looks better before I messed with it, I tried getting rid of the haze. I think the resolution setting on the scanner was 300, I need to tinker with that as well. The scanner is a cheap Canon all in one.


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Posted 28 December 2016 - 09:17 PM

300 is pretty low-rez.  And JPEG limits your color depth.  The higher dpi you can scan at, plus save as a .TIF, the more data you have to work with and as a result, the more heavy-handed you can get with your editing.

 

Or course, doing this takes more time.


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Posted 28 December 2016 - 09:34 PM

Thanks I'll give that a try.

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 01:31 AM

To answer your question, on this image I would use ....

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- I would create two layers
- convert the top layer to B&W
- I would adjust the exposure, contrast & gamma settings
- I would erase the pixels where the flag is, appears to be the only color. It will show through on the bottom layer.

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 03:21 AM

Hope you don't mind....

 

I opened the image in ACR and used the WB dropper on the side of one of the ships to get rid of the cast, then a few tweaks of the exposure, clarity, dehaze and HSL sliders.

If you get a higher resolution scan you should be able to pull more detail from it...

 

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 06:46 AM

Thanks all, I do see the difference, I'll rescan.


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Posted 29 December 2016 - 02:04 PM

New versions of Photoshop and Lightroom also have a recent feature called Dehaze.  I recently started using it and quite like it.  I'm not sure if it is available in Elements.  :)


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Posted 29 December 2016 - 10:30 PM

Ah the USS Macdonough DLG-8/DDG-39 she was in Charleston when I was stationed there! I remember her decom sometime in 1992 I think. She is a classic old style destroyer Farragut class and I'm fairly certain she is patterned after the gun only Forrest Sherman class, love the shot.

 

 

 

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 06:55 AM

Ah the USS Macdonough DLG-8/DDG-39 she was in Charleston when I was stationed there! I remember her decom sometime in 1992 I think. She is a classic old style destroyer Farragut class and I'm fairly certain she is patterned after the gun only Forrest Sherman class, love the shot.

 

 

 

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I was on the Manley DD-940 (Forrest Sherman Class) when I shot that. the 39 was along side us for 6 months at Beirut and escort duty in the Persian Gulf.


Edited by Leaviathan, 31 December 2016 - 10:32 AM.

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