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Photographic Oldies : A contribution Thread for those with a fancy.

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Old 21-06-11, 17:33
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Smile Photographic Oldies : A contribution Thread for those with a fancy.

Its been a long time since I was on WPF. Yesterday I bumped into Peter ( postcardcv ) and we chatted about what I have been up to, and thought it maybe time to post a little on what I have been doing.

Following the death of my mother I have inherited a major job of digitizing her photo albums - lots of them, for distribution among the family. I don't not have a scanner so I am photographing them, but thats the easy bit as many of the pictures are in a pretty poor condition and sometimes I only manage to restore one a day. So it will be a while before I take standard pics to put in the gallery.

Ignoring the family connections in such photographs there are some things worth sharing with others hence the " contribution " bit in the thread title for those that would like to share any old pics they have.
The most obvious one is thing with these oldies is the step back in time. A glimps into a world long gone, fashions, locations before modern develpoments etc. With really old images there is added interest as these images are also step back in time in the development of photography itself.

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Old 21-06-11, 17:36
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Default Calotype

A process invented by Fox Talbot as a means of providing a negative so multiple prints could be made from the same image. The negative was a paper sheet coated with silver chloride to create an intermediate negative image. This was a significant advance on the Daguerreotype, where each image was a one off.

This print pre-dates 1844 as that was the year the gent in the picture died, so it was taken sometime between 1841 and 1843. Exposure time would have been several minutes hence the lady is using a chair as support to prevent movement during exposure. When viewed full size the image shows vertical areas that are out of focus. No doubt the result of the paper not drying flat after the coating process. Years ago when I had a darkroom and a large format camera ( necessary for the larger neg size ) I had a go at this process so it is familiar.

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Old 21-06-11, 17:38
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This is an example of how long exposure times of the day were. Photo is from around 1860. The guy in the middle centre moved during the exposure. Lots of detail suggests a coated glass plate provided the negative. Prints at this time would have been contact prints made by exposing the printing paper sandwiched with the negative in a wooden frame and exposed by daylight.

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Old 21-06-11, 17:40
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Default Early colonial history

This photograph dates from 1916 and shows the means of personal transport for ladies in Kenya at the time.

Really lucky to get this result as the original print is really grim.

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Old 21-06-11, 17:42
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Default Studio colour photograph 1920

The picture dates from 1920 and is an example of how before colour photographs were achieved before colour film became available. The photograph is fairly high key B&W and then hand tinted.

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Old 21-06-11, 17:44
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Default An example of Studio photography

A good example of studio photography of the day. Photo approx 1914. Hand painted canvass backdrop and pukka props.

I have one yet to do, where they have brought a camel into the studio and the painted canvass backdrop is Egypt and the pyramids.

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Old 21-06-11, 17:47
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Default General historical interest

Brighton beach in 1920. Notice the ladies in the background going for a gentle dip in the sea. Also the distinct lack of the shingle that is the beach today.

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Old 21-06-11, 18:29
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Fascinating Stuff Don. Keep 'em comin' I say.
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wonderful set of images, very interesting Don, thanks for sharing
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What a task you have before you but what interesting and super results. TFS and I will keep an eye out for the next batch.
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