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Old "colour" photos from Russia

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Old "colour" photos from Russia

Postby Kay » Thu 10 Feb 2011 18:06 GMT

Paul, who is a member here, posted on one of his own forums about this.

I think these are amazing so I wanted to share with you:
see the photos here

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Postby Dave » Fri 11 Feb 2011 01:03 GMT

I thought so too when I saw them. :-D

They're pretty stunning on two counts - first, in their own right as records of their time; and second, as examples of RGB (red/green/blue) colour separation to make a composite colour picture. The same system as colour television and computer displays use, but predating the first colour television experiments by a couple of decades.

(And apparently the concept's even older than that - the first RGB-type photo (and, in fact, the first colour photo ever) was taken by Scottish genius physicist James Clerk Maxwell in 1861.)
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Postby ruggie » Fri 11 Feb 2011 08:24 GMT

Superb. He must have been using some of the best lenses available at the time, too. Since they would have been half- or even full-plate negatives, it will have taken unusually wide aperture lenses to get the shallow depth of field he exploits for the portraits. Interesting to see how costumes in strong colours close to those of his filters look sharper than backgrounds in the same plane (probably because of chromatic aberration softening the more complex colours. Makes them look like Photoshop/Gimp jobs...
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Postby Graeme » Fri 11 Feb 2011 23:59 GMT

Very Impressive.
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