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Offline Josh094

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Colourising History
« on: 20-02-2015, 03:02:05 »
So I recently found out that I really enjoy colourising old photographs.

Railways are one of my key interests as some people on here may know and when someone on a facebook group I'm a member of started to post some of his old black and white photographs from the 60s I asked him whether he'd be kind enough to let me attempt colourising them.

He gave me the go ahead and here are some of the results:







Anyway, some of you may have guessed where this is going..

I'm going to give recolouring some Second World War photographs now, balance out the Tank to Train ratio.

 


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Re: Colourising History
« Reply #1 on: 20-02-2015, 03:02:20 »
That sloped area to the left of the train in the first picture looks like bare earth to me, not grass.

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Re: Colourising History
« Reply #2 on: 20-02-2015, 03:02:33 »
OOH! Great! I love looking at recoloured pictures! Keep us up to date!

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Re: Colourising History
« Reply #3 on: 20-02-2015, 03:02:44 »
That sloped area to the left of the train in the first picture looks like bare earth to me, not grass.

I'll give you that, but from the references I was working from It is almost certainly just short grass.

You rarely got bare earth embankments but short grass was common in the Summer months as a result of line side fires.


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Re: Colourising History
« Reply #4 on: 20-02-2015, 04:02:44 »
Ah I used to do this. Once, I took a 1920s Mugshot of a English man charged of indecent exposure and changed him into a criminal mastermind.

Obligated to start looking for that now...

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Re: Colourising History
« Reply #5 on: 20-02-2015, 04:02:43 »
Looks great Josh!

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Re: Colourising History
« Reply #6 on: 20-02-2015, 04:02:54 »
Okay, here is my first Second World War recoloured image. Admittedly it isn't a particularly colourful scene but it was the first image on my hard drive.

Vehicles of the 10th Armoured Division advance near Trier, Germany, 1945.



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Re: Colourising History
« Reply #7 on: 20-02-2015, 06:02:19 »
Looks ok, but I think you should try to remove some artifacts as well, like grains and overexposure in some areas, as well as signs of age on the physical print of the photo.

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Re: Colourising History
« Reply #8 on: 20-02-2015, 06:02:06 »
This is awesome man :D colorizing photos is no easy task.

I've sometimes thought about doing this too.

If you want some feedback, the tank in the above photo looks a bit too... green. idk a better way to put it but the dirt/mud etc should be contrasted more from the olive drab. Looks awesome overall tho

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Re: Colourising History
« Reply #9 on: 21-02-2015, 18:02:11 »
British Sherman IC Hybrid Firefly, Namur, Belgium 1944/45
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Re: Colourising History
« Reply #10 on: 22-02-2015, 23:02:02 »
Panzer IV of the 12th SS Panzer Division HJ, somewhere on the western front.

« Last Edit: 23-02-2015, 21:02:06 by Josh094 »


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Re: Colourising History
« Reply #11 on: 23-02-2015, 09:02:09 »
Nice!
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Re: Colourising History
« Reply #12 on: 23-02-2015, 09:02:09 »
Your pics look great!

Though the last one is little odd, with the very bright elements with apparently overcast weather.
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Re: Colourising History
« Reply #13 on: 23-02-2015, 12:02:14 »
I love that! Please share more when you have 'em ;).

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Re: Colourising History
« Reply #14 on: 23-02-2015, 21:02:18 »
Your pics look great!

Though the last one is little odd, with the very bright elements with apparently overcast weather.
Good call, i've toned it down.

Panzer IV Ausf. H of 12th Panzer Division, Eastern Front, 1944.