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Tage
06-22-2009, 08:40 PM
Look at this picture. Does it seem natural for the time when it was taken (1915)? I'm sure most of you will say that it was photoshopped and fake. Well no, it's a real photo taken by the Russian photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky.

http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_01.jpg

His process used a camera that took a series of three monochrome pictures in sequence, each through a different coloured filter. By projecting all three monochrome pictures using correctly coloured light, it was possible to reconstruct the original colour scene.

http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_02.jpg

Any stray movement within the camera's field of view showed up in the prints as multiple "ghosted" images, since the red, green and blue images were taken of the subject at slightly different times (from one to three seconds). For example, look at the kid in the bottom of the picture on the left. Itís well known, that children move a lot, thatís why it was not easy working with them.

http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_03.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_04.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_05.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_06.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_07.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_08.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_09.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_10.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_11.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_12.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_13.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_14.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_15.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_16.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_17.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_18.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_19.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_20.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_21.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_22.jpg
http://izismile.com/img/img2/20090622/color_photography_23.jpg





Source - http://izismile.com/2009/06/22/color_photos_of_almost_hundred_years_ago_23_photos .html


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dont ask me how, but i stumbled on this via David Blaines blog, linked through mutual followers from Raekwon's twitter.

thoughts?

diggy
06-22-2009, 09:26 PM
Beautiful.

Tage
06-22-2009, 09:38 PM
Indeed.

Everything looks so tranquil. I think that's emphasised by the fact no one is smiling in the photographs.

OB4CL2
06-22-2009, 09:59 PM
LOL. they knew nothing about smiling back then.

TheBoarzHeadBoy
06-22-2009, 10:46 PM
They're not smiling because they're Russian. We Rus don't smile. My Irish side hardly mitigates it. I'm very somber mannered.

EAGLE EYE
06-22-2009, 11:12 PM
think ive seen these before..

RALPH WIGGUM
06-23-2009, 03:58 AM
Impressive.

Koolish
06-23-2009, 06:48 PM
photoshopped.









nahhh.

the world was different as hell back then. things look more structured.

froth
06-23-2009, 06:51 PM
i did the 1 on this in college, i thought it was more well known

Tage
06-24-2009, 04:07 AM
^really? interesting topic. i only heard about these when i posted the thread, and assumed the majority was the same.

SKAMPOE
06-24-2009, 06:25 AM
nowadays u cant take ur rly old black n white pics to walgreens and they'll maken color and fix any crap thats wrong with it..