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Hi, I'm hoping somebody here can help me. I'm normally found on f10
(Russian watches) and have just got this with an engraving on a patterned case . Now to translate it I need a decent picture to zoom in and try to distinguish the Russian letters. I only have a compact camera (Samsung) and a Windows phone which I grabbed these with before it got dark and played with using a editing program . Any tricks I can try?
 

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Maybe a paper or tissue paper and pencil etching?


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Thanks, I did try this but the pattern gets in the way. Maybe some better tracing paper tomorrow. It really is annoying me.
 

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Paint (software), draw out by black the letters.


Отправлено с моего iPhone используя Tapatalk
 

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Try playing with the angle of the light so that the highlights do not get blown out. Also, use the compact camera you have to get a clear/well focused picture and then zoom in on the detail from there.
 

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Might actually be more helpful to not zoom in and have a wider view. Don't blast it with head-on light, use soft light from a window on an overcast day and take a pic, then zoom in on it after if you still cant read it. Lightroom has a 'clarity' adjustment that might help, I can run it through if you send me the file.
 

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Thanks guys. After several different attempts at various techniques I got this.
Prid Rear.jpg
And a translation of:
Yu. A. Shmiakn
from the director of Pridneprovskaya rail road *****
1997

The missing word could be union.

I can't believe someone engraved this case back.
 

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And engraved it in 1997!
I would have expected such back in 1927 maybe.


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