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Old 24th August 2008
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Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

I'm watching this superb BBC series for the second time and continue to be struck by the 'painterly' quality of these early potato starch colour images.





Might some of you digital experts be able to advise on how it might be possible to sympathetically match this look using my own images with Olympus Master 2, PS or similar?

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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

Hi,

There are plenty of options for this type of treatment in PhotoshopCS3 within filters alone.

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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

Agree it was an excellent series and Autochromes look lovely.
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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

Tiffen do some mint filters that may help.
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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

I like to play in PS and I'll see if I can come up with an action to do that. It is truly lovely.

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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

Any luck Fluffy - no-one else has come up with the goods so far
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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

Feel really stupid, but, what series?
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Yes, I've made some progress, but I'm not quite there yet. There's a book called Fine Arts Effects Cookbook (wonderful book for PS palyers, btw) that gave me a start. I followed their instructions, but the results were only so-so.
I'm probably going up north for a long weekend, Hurricane Gustav permitting, and won't finish this until next week.

Anyway, here where I am so far. I'm using a shot of Barri1e's that me kindly sent. It's a great picture and a fantastic picture to manipulate in Photoshop. The copyright belongs to Barr!e and I thank him for sending me the file.

This is Barr1e's original:



This is as far as I've got so far. It needs work. When it gets close to right I'll make it into an interactive PS action, and also post a text description that might work in other programs.



Maybe I'll make another try late tonight. I'm best at PS after midnight.

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Well done - you are definitely getting there. The autochromes are quite sharp (for their day) apart from figures which move.. and the colours are a strange mixture of vivacity and mutedness.

Try this Paul http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documen...ert-kahn.shtml
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PS being PS I can remove some blur in a few seconds. It's the mosaic that's giving me grief. The mosaic filter isn't versatile enough and maybe I need to do a custom pattern.

There's a large neat book on the history of autochrome. It's pricy but maybe be worth it. The picture on the web are difficult to work from. Best of all would be to see a real autochrome. I'll call the museums I can easily reach. Maybe one has one and I can spend an hour or so looking at it. Maybe I'll find one for sale cheap on ebay

Steve

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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

Oooh can you pm me details of the book please Fluffy
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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

Found this on Amazon UK but it is pre-order at the moment

Amazon Amazon



There was another book listed but is now out of print

Amazon Amazon



From the same place, think I have seen this in the Library will have a look for it..
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Great finds. The top book will publish on the same day as UK version but for a ďmereĒ $31.50. But the Kahn book sounds far more interesting and cheaper to boot.

On my PS project, I made some real progress last night and will post a shot later.

Also as with the originals, which really were slides and meant to be viewed in a special slide-type viewer, paper prints look very different from screen views (and yes I have a highly calibrated screen-printer combo). That somewhat surprised me, since most prints I do do look what I see on screen. Given ink and paper costs I hate to waste either.

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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

I've had good results by reducing contrast and saturation, then using the sharpen filter to increase grain.
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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

hi Mary love to see some examples
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