Tag Archives: colour

colour home movies in 1929

Toronto. Even today, we use ways to separate and re-combine primary colours to create realistic viewable colour images, be they prints, computer screens, smartphones, or TV. The concept itself is over a century and a half old. James Clerk Maxwell demonstrated … Continue reading

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a hint to the future of colour photography

Toronto. In February 1931, the magazine Science and Invention had this brief note on the status of a new colour process taken on by Kodak. It modestly states, “These processes are said to be as simple as those involved in … Continue reading

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a photograph never lies …

Toronto. As a kid  some 70+ years ago, this was a common bromide, “a photograph never lies”.  As I grew older and learned to develop my own prints, I learned that photographs could and did lie!  Most negatives were simply … Continue reading

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a colourful French gentleman

Toronto. It’s nearly three years since I first posted a note about Louis Ducos du Hauron and his contribution to colour photography. After Ducos du Hauron learnt about the three colour theory of vision, he predicted almost all the ways … Continue reading

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to dye for

Toronto. By mid last century we had Kodachrome and its competition to give us good colour transparencies. They or the original subject could also be photographed on three monochrome negatives through colour filters to give one negative per narrow colour … Continue reading

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les pellicules en couleurs

Toronto. Brian Coe’s book, “Colour Photography” gives a wonderful overview of the efforts to capture the colours of nature through photography, not by painting the monochrome print. In 18o2, the Young- Helmholtz theory of colour vision (enhanced in 1850) suggested … Continue reading

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where is it now?

Toronto. Brodie MacPherson’s one of a kind colour camera, we mean. Editor Bob Lansdale is busy doing an article on the late Brodie MacPherson and would like to know where his camera ended up. If you know, drop me an … Continue reading

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colour quartet

Toronto. The earliest photos were monochrome – unless hand coloured. By the turn of the 20th century, colour photos could be taken using three black and white films sandwiched together and interspersed with colour layers. The additive colour system created … Continue reading

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dyna-what?

Toronto. In the March 27th, 1964 issue of LIFE magazine (p42), the 3M company ran this unusual ad for a colour transparency film called Dynachrome. Did you ever use it? In 1954, the American government was hell-bent to separate any … Continue reading

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things go better …

Toronto. … with Coke, or so they say. In 1964 Coke used a B&W copy of this advertisement to inform the general public that both Coke and Coca-Cola are the trademarks of the same big company. A camera signified just … Continue reading

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