I stumbled upon some 100 yr old photos and I colorized a few

in ocd •  3 years ago 

About 2 months ago I got a message from someone who was asking me if I'd be interested in some photo negatives or else she will throw them away.
Being in love with analog photography, I said "send them to me". A few days later a small parcel arrived and inside were about 40 negatives.

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I tried looking at them against the light but I couldn't distinguish much so I went to a friend of mine who works at a museum and has access to a film scanner.
What we found out blew our minds...well mostly his mind :)

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What I was holding in my hands were some one of a kind photos that were taken about 100 years ago during the first archeological digs at the Dacian citadels Sarmizegetusa and Costesti Cetatuie.

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Needless to say, the museum wanted the photos for safe keeping and further research but I managed to get the scans for my archive and one day I fiddled around Photoshop and tried to colorize a few of them.

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This was the first time when I attempted to colorize a black and white photo but I'm rather pleased with the result.

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The colorizing took a bit of time because I couldn't find any images from that period to reference some color samples.
I'll try and look for the project files and I'll be back with the steps I took to get to this results.

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