Russia - Color photos dating from 1905 to 1915

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Igor Sklar, Jul 30, 2004.

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    Igor Sklar Guest

    Portrait of a Russian woman (1913):

    Portrait of an Italian woman (1913):

    View of Smolensk (1912):

    View of Smolensk (1912):

    Old walls of Smolensk (1912):

    View of Staritsa (1910):

    View of Rostov (1911):

    View of Rostov (1911):

    View of Torzhok (1910):

    View of Torzhok (1910):

    View of Yaroslavl (1911):

    View of Kostroma (1911):

    View of Vladimir (1911):

    View of the Seliger Lake (1910):

    View of Solovki (1915):

    Wooden church near Vytegra (1911):

    View of Daugaupils (1912):

    View of Ladoga (1909):

    View of Kem near Murmansk (1915):

    View of Gorodki (1912):

    View of Zlatoust (1910):

    View of Ufa (1910):

    A palace in Bukhara (1909):

    A mosque in Samarkand (1909):

    A mosque in Vladikavkaz (1909):

    Mountain view in Chechenya (1909):

    View of the Black Sea near Abkhazia (1914):

    The last emir of Bukhara (1909):

    People of Bukhara (1909):

    All these color photos were taken by Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii
    (1863-1944). See for details.
    Igor Sklar, Jul 30, 2004
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    Steve Hix Guest

    Great pictures! What process was he using, btw?
    Steve Hix, Jul 30, 2004
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    Crownfield Guest

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    Bob Guest

    you should check out the link .. it is very interesting...
    he used glass plates, taking 3 exposures for each picture, and using a red,
    then blue, then green filter for each shot, so he got a photo of each
    channel, and then combined the images back out using a device called a
    "magic lantern" that had a red, blue and green light each focused through
    the image, converging at the same spot on a screen, to create a full color
    slide show back in 1910 or whatever...amazing!

    Bob, Jul 30, 2004
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    D.K. Guest

    Absolutely incredible!

    D.K., Jul 30, 2004
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    jjs Guest

    People who think a 3-shot digital back is so wonderful should look at that
    site. Here we are today duplicating the same effort, just to Be Digital.
    jjs, Jul 30, 2004
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    Steve Hix Guest

    Steve Hix, Jul 30, 2004
  8. Thank you for these Igor

    What a wonderul series of images
    At first I could not believe it

    With much gratitude


    Arty Phacting, Jul 30, 2004
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    Mike Russell Guest

    Mike Russell, Jul 30, 2004
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    Wayne J Guest

    Wayne J, Jul 30, 2004
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    Crownfield Guest

    i bet that the pole moved. note the effect in the water.
    the top of the pole moved between exposures.
    Crownfield, Jul 31, 2004
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    Terry Hollis Guest

    The discoloration is caused by the waves on the water moving between the
    separate exposures.
    Terry Hollis, Jul 31, 2004
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    PhAnTOmaS Guest

    ****!!! that shit rocks!!!!
    really, really good.

    PhAnTOmaS, Jul 31, 2004
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    eric Guest

    It's the same process than the astrophotography by ccd camera.

    Color filter wheel in front of the objective, and for each color and
    lightwave band, a different picture is take.
    That's why most astropicture with spec say 3 or 4 number for exposition,
    like this, 20x20x20, that mean 20 minutes for Red, yellow and blue, and when
    it's with 4 number, like 60x20x20x20, the first one is the luminosity (to
    capture contrast and faint object) and the 3 others is the same, red, yellow
    and blue. In astrophotography, each color wavelenght have different détail.
    It's not a Sun or light refraction capture, but specific light photon coming
    for a direct source.

    But it's amazing to see this process was invent in young 1900.

    Ah! Thanks.

    Great results, and not just for 1913.[/QUOTE]
    eric, Aug 2, 2004
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    Igor Sklar Guest


    I found some more links for your pleasure:

    A bridge in the Urals (1910):

    Breakfast in the field (1909):

    A peasant woman at work (1910):

    Hermitage in the wood (1912):

    Seashore of Georgia (1912):

    An Armenian woman (1912):

    People of Samarkand (1909):

    Samarkand beggars (1909):

    A lynx in the Cherdyn museum (1910):

    Still life with a yellow rose (1914):

    The complete series are available at

    Igor Sklar, Aug 3, 2004
  16. Dobri Igor


    Arty Phacting, Aug 3, 2004
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    Mark Dunn Guest

    I assume they're Autochromes. Stunning. Almost unbelievable.
    Mark Dunn, Aug 3, 2004
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    Mike Russell Guest

    The color images are made from three separately filtered and exposed plates.
    Mike Russell, Aug 3, 2004
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    jjs Guest


    Indeed, good old RGB. :) Like the 3-shot digital backs of today. Funny how
    we are starting all over.
    jjs, Aug 3, 2004
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    TP Guest

    In fact, that is really no surprise, as the Laws of Physics have
    remained unchanged.

    TP, Aug 3, 2004
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