Enhancement is a process that results in a better understanding of what is on an image. You’ve probably seen the bubbly image with a number or letter imbedded in the bubble matrix, that is difficult to pick out. Here is such an example on the left. On the right is an enhancement of that same image. The number fairly well jumps out at you in the enhancement. Nothing about the data has changed here. The “values” of the data have been driven apart by enhancement and the information has been yielded.
In the case of the Patterson Sasquatch film, there is much data that can be extrapolated from the film in a similar fashion. In dealing with a color image, one must remember that the image that you see is a “composite” image. The individual images can be separated into individual photos and their values adjusted so that something hard to see, might be made more readily discernible, such as in the image above. Here is a raw image from the film.Click on the image to enlarge.
Here is the same image that has been “digitally” split into its CMYK color components. The data is displayed in black and white. Click to enlarge.
The majority of the information about the skin color is found in the image on the far right, that is, the cyan image. Once that has been determined, that part of the spectrum can be pushed until it dominates the image. In other words the skin color was once a diminished tone in the photo, has now become a dominant tone. This is made possible by the fact that the natural subject had a different color tone for the skin than for the hair. So they have been separated from one another and the skin tone “pushed” in intensity. I have “lassoed the area around the breasts here to conserve processor resources. So…I’ll be dealing only with that area. The skin that was formerly beneath the hair, now dominates the image. There are what appears to be normal looking breasts and nipples that are now easier to see. Images such as this one, forces me to the conclusion that this is not a hoaxed image, whether I like it…or not. For the sake of objectivity, this image and others like it, must be placed squarely on the table for all to see. Neither the skeptic, or the believer should be picking and choosing with the film to bolster a point of view. It must all be on the table. Once again, no data has been changed on the image, only their values are driven apart. Such images are why this blog exists. Click on the image to enlarge. Click twice to fill the page.