Old B&W photos to Colour

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Guns, Aug 17, 2013.

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  1. Guns

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    http://twistedsifter.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/british-troops-cheerfully-board-their-train-for-the-first-stage-of-their-trip-to-the-western-front-england-september-20-1939-benafleckisanokactor.jpg

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    Very striking. This is a B&W photo that a subreddit group have colourised. They are running a project to take classic B&W photos and alter them. Some of the photos just seem wrong not being in B&W and it certainly plays with your mind.

    More available via this thread

    20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized «TwistedSifter

    Some stunning images that play with your mind. The young boy sitting on the rubble of his house during the blitz seems wrong as it is in colour.
     
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  2. Nice find, Guns.
     
  3. Guns

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  4. Guns

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    I've found the Reddit thread for those interested

    History in Color

    I think I might break out my old copy of photoshop and give it a go with some old B&W photos I have.
     
  5. Guns

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    This one stood out the most (after the sexy shots of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly).

    In colour it seems to add something, not sure what.
     
  6. Guns

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  7. Some good shots on that site, I had a trawl through the other pages too.
     
  8. Guns

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    Might want to put that out.

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  9. Guns

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    And for the normal ARRSE crowd. The Shawshank Redemption Poster in colour

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  10. I take it that apart from the colours that are historically known or scientifically obvious, it's all a matter of artistic interpretation?
     
  11. Guns

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    Some of it is guess work but much of it is well researched. You will notice that a lot of the photos are American Civil War as this was the first mass use of photography in war, along with the traditional paintings. So they are able to match colours etc based on written and painted accounts.
     
  12. Ravers

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    I've got loads and loads of amazing old b&w phots from the wife's family's collection, so I thought '**** it, I'll have a read of that and maybe have a go.'

    Now my brain hurts. He lost me after the first paragraph.




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  13. I imagine your wife also has a load of portraits of her family. Seeing as she's about 87th in line to the throne. ;)

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