Mike, did you have cataract surgery? If so, I'm wondering how it went for you. IM (my hubby) had his second surgery last week, and other than the annoying routine of constant eye drops for the first few days, his went absolutely great. I hope yours did, too. He was slowly losing his sight and it was happening slowly enough that he wasn't aware it was happening for quite a while. He also had a few holes drilled to alleviate pressure from glaucoma caused by diabetes. It'll be a month or two until all the swelling goes down and we know how much that helped, but his surgeon was happy with his progress. We're certainly relieved.
I still have the same old eyes I've always had, so I hope I'm still seeing well enough to catch things like the grain in Bob's restoration, but I'll depend on your "bionics" to keep me straight. I zoomed in on both images and honestly didn't see a difference. I suspect that printing would remove most of that grain, anyway.
I have to say, it's great to be back and checking out what's going on. I hope to be able to start grabbing some restorations of my own before long. When things were really slow last year - just before the tornadoes and floods hit, OPR got really slow, so I contacted Photo Rescue Japan to see if I could help them in the interim. As is my usual routine, I grabbed the most difficult one they had, because no one else would touch it. I took possession of it last July, and I'm only about half way through it, because I became ill and had to give up restorations altogether for months (that's why I've been missing in action on OPR's forum for so long. My brain quit working correctly, and it's still not 100%, so if my posts get a little odd or misspelled, it's because I'm still working with a mechanic on repairing that).
I just discovered (and you all might take note of this if I haven't already mentioned it) that Adobe 5 and earlier versions have a problem with tiff files. I lost about 10 hours on my tsunami restoration because what they sent me was a tiff, and I assumed they were safe to work on. My files became corrupt, and even the back-up files were corrupt. I contacted Adobe, and they refused to acknowledge that they had a problem with tiffs. My files were irretrievable. I just found out through one of my professional Facebook groups that there is, indeed, a problem with tiffs. At first Adobe was insisting that in order to fix the problem, one had to purchase either PS 5.5 or 6, at a cost of $199. There was such an uproar over that, that they're now providing a patch to correct the problem for free. My passport photo that I scanned for the Mothers' Day thread was scanned as a tiff, because that's the highest quality file I can scan. My computer went berserk. I couldn't rename my file; I couldn't change it to a psd. I finally had to restart before the glitch went away. So tomorrow, I'm going to find out where to get the patch and load it. And I'd recommend that you all do the same thing. I'll make a new post about this as well, so that no one misses it. I'll find out how to get the patch before I post any more about it, because I'm not positive that it's available yet. My pals in the Photoshop and Lightroom group will know, and I'll pass on the information.