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B/W photos for colourising needed


Chris Foster

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Many of you will have looked at my B/W colourised photos thread, and read that our attempts to get a book published using images from the IWM collection as been thwarted .

Peter Doyle and I are still keen to produce a book all be it somewhat smaller than originally planned publication.

Forum member George Armstrong Custer (GAC) came up with an idea that other members of the forum may be able to help us by offering photos from their own private collections.

Any images that we received and felt were strong enough to be included would have to be offered freely as neither Peter nor I are in a postion to get involved with copyright or royalty issues. The owner of course would be acknowledged and their image gets to be colourised

What kind of images are we after. Peter as a large collection of images some of which are suitable others not. So we want to open the net a little and try and get as many different subject images as we can.

Studio Portraits, Home front, and Front & Rear areas etc. I realise that finding material that covers the last two subjects will be difficult.

So if your willing to help may I suggest that you post your images on this thread, that way I can judge whether the photograph is suitable or not for colourising. Not every photo can be coloured successfully ,so I will post some examples later to show what makes a good candidate

If you could host your images through something like photobucket that would save space here on the forum. its very easy to use and there is no restriction on file size.

Link http://photobucket.com/

Kindest Regards

Chris

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A couple of examples I mentiond in my last post .

the quality I'm looking for can be judged in this portrait photo its a good strong image and perfect for colourising.

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As is this group photo of a signals section

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photo from GAC's collection

Regards

Chris

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Here are three of my Grandfather on his wedding day in 1915, in his hospital blues in 1916 and as a sergeant in late 1916/early 1917:

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Keith

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These are photos from my personal collection. From top to bottom:

(1) T.W. and friend, 33rd Battery C.F.A. This has a message on the back.

(2) Unidentified Canadian Officer.

(3) Group of Canadian amputees as returned men.

(4) Amputee with his family or friends on porch. (Found with photo #3).

(5) Unidentified Canadians in steel hats.

(6) Clarence Hassard, 925226, 5th Battalion Saskatchewan Regiment

(7) Canadians at Witley, 1918. Shown with rifles.

http://www.deadzoom.com/users/mpirie/New_W..._coll_FRONT.jpg

http://www.deadzoom.com/users/mpirie/New_W...ficer_crop2.jpg

http://www.deadzoom.com/users/mpirie/New_W...mps_Grpg_v2.jpg

http://www.deadzoom.com/users/mpirie/New_W..._Porch_pic3.jpg

http://www.deadzoom.com/users/mpirie/New_W...Hats_RESIZE.jpg

http://www.deadzoom.com/users/mpirie/New_W...r_5_BN_frnt.jpg

http://www.deadzoom.com/users/mpirie/New_W...ifles_Crop3.jpg

Hope these are of interest, Marika

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Are you accepting any American photos or just Britain and Commonwealth?

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Thanks Matt - it would be just Britain/Commonwealth at present, but if you have any images of the 'Brothers in Arms' type (i.e with Us and Brit. soldiers) that would be of value.

Cheers

Peter

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So no German photos at this time? Mick Foster said that a photo I have would be really good for what you're doing. Still I understand your just wanting British troops. Are you acepting Australian photos? I have one that's very nice.

John

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I added a few samples HERE on photobucket. All available as 300+DPI Tiffs if needed.

Best of luck with the project

Chris

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So no German photos at this time? Mick Foster said that a photo I have would be really good for what you're doing.

I seem to have been renamed. Despite their 'foreigners not wanted' :) policy, I've e-mailed your photo to Chris, John, as I think he will like it a lot.

Mick

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Thank you everone who as posted so far. There are some interesting photos among them

John,

Mick emailed me your photo and I have to agree with him its a very good photo . i would really like to have a go at colourising it and then post it on the Forum in my other thread. May I have your permission to do so ?

Regards

Chris

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Hi Chris, Mick,

Sorry for getting your last name wrong Mick, I don't know what I was thinking. :o Sure Chris, you can colorize it. What thread will you be putting it in?

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Hi Chris,

Not sure if it's the subject matter you're particularly after, but if you still have it you're more than welcome to use the studio photo of my granddad in his RGA uniform you previously colourised for me.

Kind regards

Steve

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Gunner George Henry Tickner 93902 RFA b. 1889. (Survived)

Regards

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Thank you again to eveyrone .

Great photo Tim, its not to fussy at all, its got life to it . You dont happen to have a hi-res copy do you . I would like to take a look if so. I see that the Gunners are actully pulling the Howitzer and limber by rope !

Carl thank you very much for the links. I've notiched the Netherlands National Archive have a IWM image amongst its collection.It just goes to show how confusing it can be regarding copyright

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Regards

Chris

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. . . It just goes to show how confusing it can be regarding copyright . . .

Chris

Indeed.

While looking for PhilW's howitzer images on flikr (they are actually on photobucket) I found groups of images uploaded by museums etc apparently freely available for legal use on web sites with other (?) uses subject to only an email request.

Carl

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