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    A bit of history in photos

    These are show an interesting look back into history. The originals are owned now by the U.S. Library of Congress.

    http://www.gridenko.com/pg/
    http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/201...ntury_ago.html
    http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/

    View camera, three B&W plates, each with a different filter in front of the film, combined to make a color photograph.

    No, these are not my photographs, of course. However, I thought that we, as photographers might be interested.

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    I stumbled across these a while ago, they really are astonishing. It brings that era to life in a way I've never experienced before, and the setting is certainly unique. Only a few years after those were taken, the entire country was irrevocably changed.

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    It is quite amazing, Pops. To me, it's a great reminder to "Go ahead and try it." If you asked someone about the concept of taking B&W images with colored filters, it would be easy to come up with a ton of objections: getting the filters right, registration of the individual images, consistency of exposure, probably lots of others. But here's a guy who did the best he could with the technology he had, and was able to get something priceless, because as Kevin says, once better color technology was available, much of the subject matter had vanished.

    Cheers,
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    Amazing photos. Pops, thanks for sharing them with us
    Grant

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    Really quite a shock seeing pre-revolutionary scenes and portraits in colour. The portrait of the lady 01657 in the first link is quite stunning. It's strange how your brain gets hard-wired to think BW=old style period, and then suddenly you see it in colour and it really throws you.

    Interesting piece on Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_...okudin-Gorskii

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    Re: A bit of history

    Fascinating Pops, thanks

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    Re: A bit of history

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    Fascinating Pops, thanks
    Indeed. And what high quality work. Some amazingly dramatic images, particularly the architecture.

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