Re: Ancient photos in color


I agree. When modelling we look to the photo for reference and expect that to be the true image. If colorized it could alte the way a person views that image and maybe be misled in to thinking something is a particular color when is it not. I think if the photo was black and white it should be black and white. I do not however have a problem as long as the image is captioned as an alteration. As steted below, even images in color can mislead somewhat but the angle it was composed with, the surrounding light (daylight, overcast, indoors, outdoors etc)>

let people know if it has been altered.

Robert Federle
---- Tony Thompson <thompsonmarytony@...> wrote:

Dave Nelson wrote:
For myself, I see nothing different between colorizing a photo and
colorizing a plastic or resin model. The issues of accuracy by the
artist and misperceptions by the viewer are common to both "media".
Other than expecting everything to be labeled "Artistic Interpretation
of Color" what can you do other than be doubtful and always ask some
Ah, but we build models from authoritative historical sources:
often photographs. Of course we have to interpret coloration for model
sizes and lighting, but many are accustomed to seeing a photo as
"authentic" in some sense. As we have discussed here more than once,
time of day, season, cloud cover, and angle of view strongly affect the
tonal values of color photographs, but at least they are photos of
actual colored objects. A colorized photo is distinctly different.
When I lived in England for a year, I attended the British
Region NMRA convention, and happened to win one of the door prizes. It
was a very nice water color of a Santa Fe passenger train ascending
Cajon Pass, with beautifully rendered steam and smoke. But there was
one problem: the artist had portrayed the Santa Fe passenger cars in
tuscan--not knowing any better. How different is the colorization of,
say, 1900-era freight cars?

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