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Old 27th August 2008
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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

I think the Kahn book is a 'must have'
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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

E-1F

You did good. We both have a problem as far as I came see in the shadows which from I've should be darker. But until we see better examples. I like your sample image. Do you mind if I try working with it?

And I'm going to do something about the must have aspect of the Kahn book.

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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

Thanks F

I agree - still work in progress. Do use the orig image as a tester.

As forf the BBC Kahn book - ordered on last night

It's amazing that 100 years later we are still blown away by the work of the autochromers.
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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

I think that your attempts at the "Autochrome" look are really very very good.

However one thing I do notice is the 'noise' that seems to be arround (mind you looking from my carppy works monitor) which is not in the Autochromes.

I did a search on Google yesterday and found a few Autochromes, they have that magenta look to them, more in the reds, blues dense and the rest kind of washed out.

Must have a go at this tonight.
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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

Thanks k

the noise you spotted is right - it's a mistake! Not being the most scientific in my approach to the task I did think it might help but clearly not.

The magenta/blue bias observation is very helpful and I'll give that a go. My grasp of PS is poor I'm afraid so you guys will probably do much better than I will.

I could see the autochrome 'style' catching on you know - competitions etc ?

Maybe this forum can set a trend
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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

Very helpful observations K. Thanks. I think it should be easy (until I try anyway) to red/blue bias the colors.

E1-F I also ordered the Kahn book. Amazon US did not have it so I ordered it from Amazon UK, which actually works well for us over here. I buy all the UK mysteries I love that way. Especially after discovering the US publisher of Rankin's Rebus novels was running them through a spell checker or something that changed whisky to whiskey. They're not the same things! and Rebus drinks a lot of whisky.

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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

me too
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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

Check this site out

http://www.photographymuseum.com/exhibitstart.html

Find your way to the Gallery and you will see what I mean. It was only a quick observation and looking at the images on this site shows it might be a little it more complex.
However we are talking about images over 100 years old and the colour degradation will vary depending on how the plates have been stored.

But hey ho it is all fun and experimentation
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This is so lovely

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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

Ok I had a go at this Autochrome thing

Starting point




Finishing point.
Not got it right on the skin colour but this was about 20 mins worth of of fiddeling



Oh I thought they would show bigger, click on the image to see a larger version.
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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

I think these are very interesting. Definitely "getting there", although it seems to be getting the blur just right is one of the most difficult issues.

A contact on Flickr was trying to recreate the Albumen Print look of American Civil War photographs and encountered the same problem. Damn these sharp modern lenses!
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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

Cheers Hugh, gettting it "out of focus" is the big trick I think but looking around at various Autochromes am amazed just how sharp and detailed these images are.

Anyway

http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tuto...to-effect.html

For E-1 and Fluffy found this, but I think it needs more messing with as the image the tutorial has done still looks to "digi clean"

Will try and have ago at this over the weekend
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Absolutely. If you follow the tutorial step by step you get a strange looking result. But it is a jump off point.

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Re: Replicating the Autochrome ''look"

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Damn these sharp modern lenses!
Use a Canon kit lens then - should do the trick!

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Wow thanks Kn - I must print that all off
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