Color from Black-and-White: colorized photos

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Re: Color from Black-and-White: colorized photos

Unread post by Desrio » Sat Sep 10, 2016 11:27 am

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Valentino in Blood And Sand.

This time I used a palette of mostly browns, brownish reds and creams (with a small nod to the old purple, orange and green!).

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Unread post by jharvat » Sat Sep 10, 2016 11:53 am

Des - The pic of Theda was actually one that I found on the Net. I did a bit of pre-work to try to recover the details using Paint Shop Pro and I think that made the difference.

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Unread post by Donald Binks » Sat Sep 10, 2016 2:14 pm

Desrio wrote:
Valentino in Blood And Sand.

This time I used a palette of mostly browns, brownish reds and creams (with a small nod to the old purple, orange and green!).
Des, your photo was great! I had to blink twice as I thought someone had put a real colour photo in here! The detail in it is amazing and that food on the table looks appetising too! Well done!
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Unread post by jharvat » Sat Sep 10, 2016 4:43 pm

Never noticed it but Rudy had big hands... And you know what they say. ;)

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Unread post by bobfells » Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:20 am

Des, your Valentino looks like an original color photo - perhaps the highest praise a colorist can receive. Also, the color wheel is a terrific guide. It never occurred to me to group colors like that. I just flew by the seat of my pants and tried to avoid clashing colors. The wheel will add much more consistency to color transfers.

Joe, your Bara looks like a different photo. The highlights in the face really transform the image. I have not seen anyone do this before!

P.S. Des, your Freddy March looks 3-D. I enjoy seeing March in his younger days when he was channeling John Barrymore.
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Unread post by Desrio » Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:44 am

jharvat wrote:Des - The pic of Theda was actually one that I found on the Net. I did a bit of pre-work to try to recover the details using Paint Shop Pro and I think that made the difference.

I too 'worked up' the photo before colouring but there simply wasn't the range of tones there to start with. It all goes to show that good colouring starts with a good original.

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Donald Binks wrote:Des, your photo was great! I had to blink twice as I thought someone had put a real colour photo in here! The detail in it is amazing and that food on the table looks appetising too! Well done!
Mr Binks, sir, you're too kind! I posted the picture too soon and I'm already nitpicking. I have to say it was the food, the bottle and the glass of wine that I was most pleased with, although I do think that Rudy's lettuce (if that's what it is) looks as though it may be radioactive.

Many thanks for your kind words.

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Unread post by jharvat » Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:54 am

I had to go through a similar process wth the pic of Bessie Love I recently posted. The image was really blasted but I used several of the filters to dial it back.I have no set method - just play with it until I get a look I think I can work with.

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Unread post by Desrio » Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:02 am

bobfells wrote:Des, your Valentino looks like an original color photo - perhaps the highest praise a colorist can receive. Also, the color wheel is a terrific guide. It never occurred to me to group colors like that. I just flew by the seat of my pants and tried to avoid clashing colors. The wheel will add much more consistency to color transfers.

Joe, your Bara looks like a different photo. The highlights in the face really transform the image. I have not seen anyone do this before!

P.S. Des, your Freddy March looks 3-D. I enjoy seeing March in his younger days when he was channeling John Barrymore.

As always, you can be relied on to offer generous praise, Bob. I was quite pleased with Mr March but had to employ some digital jiggerypokery to restore the blown out highlights. I short I sampled skin textures from his forehead, copied them to another layer and adjusted the opacity until I could see the texture but still retained the effects of the light. And thank you too for your words about the Valentino - high praise indeed!

Finally, I'm glad that the colour wheel idea may be of some use to you. I look forward to seeing you put it into effect.

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Louise Fazenda, 1916

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Trying to get into the Halloween spirit with my own stab at some oft colored photos from DRACULA (1931):

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The original b/w was pixel-deficient but we squeezed out as much as we could. WHERE EAST IS EAST (1929) with Henry Sharp on camera, Tod Browning directing Lon Chaney and Lupe Velez:
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Probably shouldn't say I spent the evening with Joan Bennett since she's only 16 in this photo. ;)

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Something different - a billboard advertising a Betty Compson film:

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Carmel Myers

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Unread post by Ludi » Sat Sep 24, 2016 7:51 pm

I especially like that one, tthacker. Beautiful subtle choice of colors.
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Unread post by tthacker » Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:27 pm

Thanks, Ludi. I was unsure how it would come out, but I'm pleased with the results. Adding a hint of color to the background seemed to be the touch it needed.
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Unread post by tthacker » Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:33 pm

A few pages back on this thread, several of you had a try at coloring this photo of Mabel Normand. I decided to take a break from coloring my Evans photos and see what I could do with it.

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Unread post by bobfells » Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:34 am

tthacker,

You get First Prize for the Mabel Normand!

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On the set of THE MYSTERIOUS LADY (1928) with director Fred Niblo, Conrad Nagel, and Greta Garbo

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She was such a cutey.

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Unread post by tthacker » Tue Sep 27, 2016 5:33 am

Marie Prevost. For the colors, I used a hand-colored version of the photo I had seen online as a guide.

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Unread post by bobfells » Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:55 pm

Here's two new ones:

Douglas Fairbanks and Bebe Daniels in REACHING FOR THE MOON (1931):
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Humphrey Bogart and Randolph Scott in VIRGINIA CITY (1940):
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Unread post by jharvat » Fri Sep 30, 2016 2:57 pm

Gerda Maurus - a favorite of Fritz Lang - was in Spies and Woman in the Moon.

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Unread post by tthacker » Sat Oct 01, 2016 6:43 pm

Joan Blondell. Unfortunately, its a bit low res. I have a few portraits of Joan that I might need to scan and color.

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Unread post by tthacker » Sat Oct 01, 2016 8:15 pm

As promised, I scanned a few of my own photos of Joan; just finished coloring this one.

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Unread post by jharvat » Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:23 am

Really nice work on Joan, tthacker! Always thought she was a doll. :) Like the detail work on her striped top.

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Boris Karloff and Valerie Hobson in a publicity still from The Bride Of Frankenstein.

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Unread post by Desrio » Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:54 am

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I tried, as I always do, to colour this picture to look as though it were taken with a modern day camera, however I don't think that I succeeded. Such is the nature of that soft focus, shallow depth-of-field look that it pins it to its own age and no amount of colouring can make it look contemporary. Never mind, it doesn't hurt to spend hours gazing at Louise Brooks!

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My latest - on the set of HER CARDBOARD LOVER (1928) with Marion Davies, Nils Asther, Cameraman John Arnold, and director Robert Z. Leonard:
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Unread post by jharvat » Sun Oct 02, 2016 4:30 pm

Des - I like your comment about spending time with Louise. I find I have similar experiences in my colorization sessions - it really is like spending time with your subject.

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