Buddy, and EB's bed photo

April 20, 2017 by
Buddy, and EB's bed photo
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Another photo from the set in 1958
Gloria Solis
"Retouching" back then involved a lot of work, and anything beyond fixing of minor imperfections (skin, hair), was very detailed. delicate work utilizing a blade, like a surgeon's scalpel, which had to be done directly on the negative. Celebrities might request this for cover shots, etc. But this ph...
  • April 20, 2017
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Mary
It is my professional opinion on this photo, and I have a right to state it. It is not evident to me that this is a photo of a photo. I do not get that at all, from looking at this image. The retouching here is in the face details and the body outlines, with ink on the negative, before printing. It ...
  • April 20, 2017
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Gloria Solis
A group of us here at a dinner have read the above comments. Two are professional photographers, and an expert commercial retoucher whose opinions are quite divergent from yours. We all are entitled to our own opinions. So be it. Period end.
  • April 20, 2017
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Ricardo Delgado R. is online.
Once again Mary, I wish I could be as sure of my opinions as you are of yours...

In my humble personal opinion the original photos were pretty “grainy”[1] to begin with. Please look at these other images, obviously from the same photo session:

http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-buddy-holly-at-le...

http...
  • April 21, 2017
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Ricardo Delgado R. is online.
PS:

Photograph retouching was NOT usually done with ink on the negative:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/83262/how-photo-ret...

I too have worked closely with image processing @ the National University of Mexico, UNAM. [A short version of my résumé is available under Ricardo Delgado Rangel @ LinkedIn] ...
  • April 21, 2017
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Mary
I stand by my opinion. It is obvious to me, in my experience, that the old, very grainy photo has been manually retouched. Ricardo, the other shot from the same session in your link above proves it. Compare the two:
http://knoxfocus.com/2014/11/everly-brothers-knoxv...

Photos were manipulated through...
  • April 21, 2017
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Ricardo Delgado R. is online.
Mary,

My point about the other photo:

http://knoxfocus.com/2014/11/everly-brothers-knoxv...

is that the type of digital degradation it exhibits is not "Gaussian", but "salt & pepper" noise, two totally different sorts of mathematical functions and, therefore, of visual effects. This is why, of course,...
  • April 21, 2017
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Gloria Solis
My friends all concur. Well explained, Ricardo!
  • April 21, 2017
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Mary
Gosh, I apologize for opening up this can of worms! Sincerely!

I will say one more thing, one more time, and then it is my right and my duty to shut the topic down, since I opened it up. I still believe this old b/w photo had some post-exposure work done, and most likely has some of the other techni...
  • April 21, 2017
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Chris is online.
I will continue to post this one and any other poor quality photos, such as the one folded as if from a wallet, all photos of the EB's are to be enjoyed no matter what condition.
  • April 21, 2017
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Keri Mia Everly is online.
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