Mike Mihaljevich
Sun May 22, 9:42

It should be understood that these are not restorations. They are a result of computer programs that interpret small amounts of data and create elements (shapes, sizes, textures, details) that were never there. It's an interpretive process similar to a sketch artist working with an eye witness' description. True restorations do not add anything to an existing photograph, they simply bring them back to their original state. These renderings, while compelling, are fantasy much like a work of historical fiction which is based on real events to some degree, but is not reality and should't be taken as such.

  • While I'm at it, here are links to some beautifully restored and colorized photos, in case anyone has not seen them. This person is able to restore old film as well. These links are from Instagram, so... more
    • "Restoration" — Mike Mihaljevich, Sun May 22 9:42
      • Thanks for the correctionKaren M, Sun May 22 13:37
        Ok initially I was rather deflated by this revelation, but what you're saying makes sense. I love learning (which is why I thoroughly appreciate this message board), and I believe you not only author well... more
        • The errant pencil of Mr. RoseJerry Prather, Mon May 23 13:30
          Karen, I think the photo of Doc you are thinking of is probably the Noah H. Rose attempt to "restore" the photograph that Bat Masterson used in his Human Life article about Holliday. Mr. Rose also aimed... more
          • This was an interesting articleKaren M, Fri May 27 22:16
            Thanks for pointing it out. So is the author Robert McCubbin an old west photography specialist? I think I saw an auction of some sort where some of his photo collection was being sold…
            • Old West PhotosJerry Prather, Sat May 28 8:07
              Yes, Mr McCubbin was a major collector of Old West photos and other items. As I understand it, he and BBB bought True West magazine together. The auction took place in 2019. I attended the photo portion... more
        • Historical Fiction vs Non-FictionMike Mihaljevich, Mon May 23 7:53
          Thank you for your very warm praise. I didn't mean to take away from the enjoyment of the photographs. When someone reads a book, there's value in understanding if it's historical fiction or non-fiction.... more
          • Re: Historical Fiction vs Non-FictionB.J., Wed May 25 10:56
            I have noticed on Facebook and other social media that some women are using a beauty filer app. Apparently it takes an existing picture and upgrades the image to a perfect face, sans any acne, blemishes... more
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