Tag Archives: colour

fond memories

Toronto. George Dunbar recently sent me an email regarding this Kodak ad in the April, 1956 issue of Popular Mechanics. It brought back many memories. I used all the films noted at one time or another. As far as I … Continue reading

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a French Da Vinci in photography?

Toronto. You may have never heard of a Frenchman of the name, “Louis Arthur Ducos du Hauron“, but by 1870, after Maxwell’s ribbon experiment, he had devised most of the ways humans could create colour images. Unfortunately, this was well … Continue reading

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catch the wave

Toronto. As mentioned many posts back, stereo has a surge in popularity about once every half century as new technology improves the images. In the 1950s another surge hit with toys, cameras, books, articles, movies, slides, colour, viewers, and projectors … Continue reading

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sweet!

Toronto. The January 1956 ad for Graflex in Popular Mechanics magazine was typical of the photography ads of the time. The ad touted Graflex products as ideal for colour images. Not mentioned was that colour transparencies and electronic flash were … Continue reading

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a crash course

Toronto. We are so accustomed today to full colour photos/videos if not the actual people, scenery,  concerts, theatre, etc, that we never give it a second thought. That was not always the case. Think about not having photography or photographers. … Continue reading

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baby steps

Toronto. Photographers often choose to specialize. One such specialty is child photography – especially photos of new borns for the parents. Many photographers and studios cater to the baby set, offering special deals to mothers and fathers, of the newly … Continue reading

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‘fast’ negative colour film

Toronto. Our friends at Lomography sent me a note the other day announcing the latest 35mm color film they offer. This color negative film is rated at ISO 400. I know, kinda slow for all you digital guys out there, … Continue reading

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transparent history

Toronto. We think of history as the distant past. Not necessarily so. Slides, or colour transparencies taken by amateurs can sometimes be an historic record beyond the intended audience of the immediate family. The slide here shows a hilly street … Continue reading

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I, Robot

Toronto. In a March, 1950 article in Popular Science magazine, a “Robot” was shown in a military darkroom. The gadget processed 8×10 colour negatives. A time was MANUALLY set for each bath, then the Robot took over, dunking the films … Continue reading

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do you remember Kodachrome?

Toronto. From the late 1800s to pre WW2, colour was a huge challenge. The additive colour process was very slow. Mosaics and fine screens were used to record and display colour photographs. Colour photography was revolutionized in 1935 when Kodachrome … Continue reading

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