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Re: Naval exercises, 1899
I love art, therefore I love colorized photos.
Ship modelers such as those in the Nautical Research Guild who build historical sailing ships do a lot of research on colors and sometimes have to pick and choose their references. They use drawings, plans, shipbuilders' records and all sorts of stuff.
They use some paintings of the vessels and ignore others.
It is simple. B&W film no matter how old, produces an image that is TRUE to the chemicals of the film used. It produced images that the people at the time the photo was taken saw. They are True Images. If by "True Images" you mean the same colors are what a person would have seen with their eyes at the time the photo was taken.
Colorized images of B&W photos are false images because someone has made judgements on a computer about what they "Think" the true colors are. Their colorized images aren't based on any true colors of the subject, because that is an unknown. By definition that is a False Image. Even color film or digital cameras today, may of may not produce "True Colors" of a subject based on camera settings and filters used, plus film processing. A good test with your digital camera is to take a photo with flash on and then w/o flash. Or in the sun and again under different lighting conditions. Are the colors of all the images the same as you see with your own eyes?
I'm saying that colorized images are no different than a painting. As ART, it is interesting, but it isn't a "True Image".
No, they're false images because they don't show the colours of the time they were shot. What are you attempting to convince me of?
B&W Film are "False Images"? They are true images according to the parameters of the film used to create them when looking at the subject in the real world.
Colorized B&W films/photos are False Images. Made by one person to their perceived view of that image on a computer. Unless that person has knowledge about the subject and background, they have no way to be certain that they have created a "TRUE IMAGE" or even come close. Otherwise they are simply engaged in "Impression Art".
Sigh, Great footage. All B&W film should be colourized while carefully preserving the original for posterity. This way, the viewer has the choice, or option, to decide their own preference.
It is important to colourize early film because the original monochrome, or sepia, are false images. Even if the colourization is not exactly true, it's truer than black and white.
Thanks for posting.
Yes, but I assume you would also want to preserve the originals as black and white or sepia or whatever.
Great footage. All B&W film should be colourized.
Thanks for posting.
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