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Old 12-14-2009, 01:56 AM   #1
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Earliest color photographs

Autochromes by Karel Šmirous

Boy I wasn't aware that color photographs were invented so early



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Tartan Ribbon 1861.

Princeton University Press Blog � Dawn of the Color Photograph





France 1916

a collection of autochrome plates


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...Those look...insanely good.
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:31 AM   #4
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I always find it interesting to look at old colour photographs. We're so used to seeing days gone by in black and white, that we almost forget the real world had colour then too. There was an interesting video I watched a while back on how the brain perceives black and white images as opposed to colour. I might have posted it in the other photo thread a while back, but I'll see if i can dig it up again incase anyone wants to watch. Its a powerpoint presentation, so you wont get blown away with visuals, but the information is really great

Thanks for posting this, purpleoscar
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Its the first video link in here:

From Mirror Neurons to the Mona Lisa | The New York Academy of Sciences

I havent watched the other videos, but they could be interesting too
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...Those look...insanely good.
Some of them look this good only due to modern digital restoration techniques, such as the one of Alim Khan (the overweight fellow with the turban and sword). What's important, however, is that they were photographed in colour, so the colour that you do see isn't fabricated.
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Some of them look this good only due to modern digital restoration techniques, such as the one of Alim Khan (the overweight fellow with the turban and sword). What's important, however, is that they were photographed in colour, so the colour that you do see isn't fabricated.
I would say in the case of that photo, that the colour was fabricated to some extent. The technology to reproduce colour with that accuracy and saturation wasnt available back then. While the colours werent added in post, they were certainly enhanced and I dont think its a fair representation of what the image looked like at the time it was taken
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Its the first video link in here:

From Mirror Neurons to the Mona Lisa | The New York Academy of Sciences

I havent watched the other videos, but they could be interesting too
Thanks! You can almost take a course.

There are some stereo ones as well. Though I have to shrink it down so I can cross my eyes to make it 3D. Though stereo images weren't new as there were many black and white ones.

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These would be nice wallpapers:









This one with the skull makes me laugh:


The long exposure times meant lots of blurring so people would have to stand still to avoid too much motion blur.
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Wow these are beautiful!
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I would say in the case of that photo, that the colour was fabricated to some extent. The technology to reproduce colour with that accuracy and saturation wasnt available back then. While the colours werent added in post, they were certainly enhanced and I dont think its a fair representation of what the image looked like at the time it was taken
It's hard to say, mainly because these photos were taken on four separate colour plates and were never developed, precisely because the technology wasn't there to develop them.

Damn Interesting • Color Photos From the World War I Era

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There was no means to develop color prints at that time, but modern technology has allowed these images to be recombined in their full original colors.
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Wow these are beautiful!
Yeah they give a pointillism impressionistic look that's attractive.
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This is why the Russian ones look so good:

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The three black and white frames which comprise each negative were made using three colored light filters separated by a certain interval in time, during which the position of the negative plate changed along all three dimensions, which resulted in perspective distortions to varying degrees from one frame to the next. The simple superimposition of the three high resolution frames (typically 3700 by 3500 pixels) upon one another by matching one point results in discrepancies in other parts of the image.

This problem has been solved by developing a special software application which finds the best perspective transformation of the “blue” and “red” frames with respect to the “green” in such a way as to minimize the total matching error on the sub-pixel level.
This is how they look before they use the correction software:

Prokudin-Gorsky Color Database



Then when corrected they are supposed to look less damaged:



The best looking ones I can find are these ones:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Se...okudin-Gorskii

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That is too cool.
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This is why the Russian ones look so good:

Registration Problem

Oh, I see. Very cool. The negatives are almost like a template for a hypothetical colour photograph

edit: I still think they fudged that one a little bit though. I suppose its irrelevant as its still a really interesting process

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