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Banascannings and Miscellany

Since my cousin's pics and my own baby pics went over so well, here are some more.
By the way: does anyone know how to despeckle a photo using Adobe Photoshop CS or Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004? Compositions of blurring and sharpening don't seem to do it.

My parental units' wedding in 1971:

Taken in Atlanta, Georgia, in December, 1971. (Click on image to view full-size version or here for a higher-quality JPEG.)
The color was preserved well, and there was little speckling - not only because the lighting was bright and natural, but because the photo was printed on excellent quality paper.

Proof that Banazir did once study a musical instrument:

Taken in Maryland in 1980.
I took keyboard lessons for six months before quitting. I did practice for years afterwards, as my parents had sunk over $1000 into an electric organ. To this day, I can't play worth trask, though I might plink out "Jingle Bells" or "Greensleeves" if aliensLinux-using supervillains were holding the moon for ransom.

The 1980 Christmas pageant at Arlington Baptist Elementary School:

Baltimore, Maryland, Christmas 1980: banazir is in the mini-Mao suit on the viewer's right, singing "Jesus Loves the Little Children" with other members of his second grade class.
Some of the principal actors of Dearly Beloved, I'm Going To The Special Hell are in this.

Banazir Galbasi and the wristwatch of DOOM:

That's me with Banagran circa 1981, just before we moved to Florida.

Taken for a yearbook photo at Scott Lake Elementary in Lakeland, FL, fall, 1984.
This is what I looked like during the final act of Defensor Formicarum.

In other news:
I've updated the Wikipedia pages for Kai-Fu Lee (KFL) and his father (my mother's father), Tien-Min Li.
I am fishie, hear me roar
She becomes Death (jereeza's rendition of Death a la Neil Gaiman)
Disposable books? (a discussion with neadods)
The Memex has you (Page 123 Book Meme)



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Jan. 17th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
Photoshop should come with a despeckle filter. I can't check CS right now (I only have CS2 and even that on an other machine...) but in Photoshop 5 it's located at Filter/Noise/Despeckle.
Jan. 17th, 2006 11:02 am (UTC)
Do fishies roar?

Jan. 17th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
lionfishies do.
Jan. 17th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)

I manually "despeckle" with the stamper tool and/or the paintbrush.

Beautiful picture of banamom.

Quewt banapics.
Jan. 18th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
Stamper tool?
You mean you blur in the neighboring pics? Or copy and paste them in?
I'm not familiar with the stamper tool, being a Photoshop gnubie (at least, I've used Photoshop 4-7 sparingly).

Beautiful picture of banamom.
Quewt banapics.

How have you been?

Jan. 18th, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
Re: Stamper tool?
Using the rubber stamp/clone tool (whatever its called) enlarge the pic quite big (I normally go 300-400% or more for faces and up to 300% for backgrounds) then use the stamppy thing on windows hold down [ALT] and click to select the area you wish to copy from then just click on the marks you wish to remove. You can change brush size as required. I can play with the worst one if you like to see what cleans off (just let me know where a large version is).
Jan. 18th, 2006 08:18 am (UTC)
Large version
Sure thing. By large version, do you mean at a higher res? I can make one (and I can also scan and save a losslessly-compressed version), but please give me an idea what res you mean.

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Jan. 18th, 2006 10:46 am (UTC)
Florida: 1981-1983, 1984-1985
Heyas, Ducky!
I lived in Lakeland, FL, from spring, 1981 through spring, 1983, when we moved to New Jersey. We returned to Florida less than year later, and stayed until summer, 1985. For several months in 1984 we lived in Plant City.

Jan. 17th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
You might try Kai's Power Tools for PS...I seem to remember a despeckle too. (I don't have it installed on this box, so I'm not positive.)
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