Here's the answer to this week's "Mystery Monday": the original scan of the glass negative, without retouching.
Retouching a negative substitutes my interpretation for the actual historic artifact. It may hide a distraction which interferes with enjoyment of the image, but it is an alteration of the historic record. Our digital archives always preserve the unretouched, uncompressed scan. When I have some fun and modify an image beyond cropping or contrast/ color adjustment, I'll let you know.
You did a wonderful job to fixing it....
Charlott on 7th February 2012 @ 7:18am
Repairing the photo definitely made it more appealing.
l.e. on 7th February 2012 @ 8:17am
Interesting how much a repair vs. nonrepair effects the pleasure of a picture. Thanks Arthur.
nels on 7th February 2012 @ 10:29am