Category Archives: processes

a tip of the hat to professionals

Toronto. LIFE magazine back on May 21, 1951 published an advertisement by Ansco on page 95 encouraging families to get a professional portrait taken – using Ansco products, of course. For reasons best known by the Ansco advertising agency, the … Continue reading

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Ektachrome Redux

Toronto. John Linsky sent me an email the other day announcing the rebirth of Ektachrome by Kodak. I replied in part, that Ektachrome is based on Agfa’s processes. Much larger colour-coupler molecules are used so they don’t drift from layer to … Continue reading

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more information on the recovered daguerreotype images

Toronto. Two days ago I posted a note on using x-rays to bring out daguerreotype images long thought lost in damage and tarnish. The earlier article was printed in the Globe and called to my attention by John Linsky. This … Continue reading

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x-rays reveal an image hidden by damage

Toronto. I had a call from John Linsky Friday morning as I was making breakfast. John had read an article in the Globe that morning regarding the discovery of images on a daguerreotype thought to be long lost. The scientists … Continue reading

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colour photography in WW1

. We seldom think of colour photography dating back to the earliest days, but it did. Louis Ducos du Heron born in 1837 predicted all the colour processes ever used. We (I) never think of colour photography before the late … Continue reading

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embrace the negative

Toronto. Yesterday in “tools of the trade” I commented on darkroom needs for film. To my delight, Saturday morning’s Globe featured an article on discovering the virtues of film and chemistry once again. The article by Kate Taylor “introduces her son … Continue reading

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tools of the trade

Toronto. In  this era of digital photography we need a computer and printer (and what house doesn’t  have at least one of each) to “process” and print the digital images. Not so in the recently departed film era. The film … Continue reading

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the old way to get pictures quickly

Toronto. In the film era you waited days or weeks to see the results of your camera efforts – unless you owned one of the marvellous Polaroid cameras that gave you a picture in a minute! Edwin Land came up … Continue reading

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Kryptar B&W film

Toronto. Last Saturday, George Dunbar asked an interesting question, “Anyone ever heard of this film?” I certainly hadn’t. In 1948 I would have been in grade six and my family used only Kodak products as did most Canadians of the … Continue reading

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who needs Photoshop?

Toronto. George Dunbar has been very busy recently. He sent me this interesting news story recently. Here you can see how  various newspapers interpreted a sighting of a comet back in late 1947 in Australia. Just click on the icon … Continue reading

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