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Springfield Park - Edwardian era
Photo: George Chilvers
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Item #: 18541
This magnificent black & white print was first posted on this site in 2008 and is at

I have colourised it and hopefully brought the characters to life.

Comment by: Ron Hunt on 26th September 2011 at 16:41

What a great effect. Have you altered the skin colour, or is that original from the black and white photograph?
Are you giving lessons on how to do it<g>

Comment by: Ivor on 26th September 2011 at 16:59

I have to disagree with Ron! Colourising just spoils the effect of the "feel" of that period and the nostalgia of the old black and white photos, which I much prefer.

Comment by: George Chilvers on 26th September 2011 at 17:22

Not sure what you mean by colour in this context. Obviously in the original it's a greyscale. But the tones are as in the original, although I tweak the hue, saturation and brightness when I've selected the relevant area.

I use an old version of Photoshop (Photoshop 7) - and I am happy to try and explain to anyone how the colours are altered - but a lot of the effect by now is down to an awful lot of practice - you don't see the ones I give up on :)

Comment by: GeorgeB on 26th September 2011 at 18:10

I have to say that as a rule I never think colouring b/w is a particularly good idea but here it's the best I've ever seen. Excellent.

Comment by: Jimmy on 26th September 2011 at 18:31

It's easy to do in photoshop Ron, just duplicate the layer then choose colour in the layers palette, then paint away.

Comment by: George Chilvers on 26th September 2011 at 18:58

Not quite, Jimmy. There's a bit more to it than that. If you just paint you get a flat fill. I use adjustment layers.

And "paint away" is not quite so simple. :)

Comment by: George Chilvers on 27th September 2011 at 01:23

Sorry, I'd missed Ron's earlier comment.

I know a lot of people feel that way too, Ron, but I think there's room in the world for both camps. Some people appreciate the art of black and white prints, and as you say the nostalgic feel. However - others (myself included) appreciate seeing what things were really like there and then. Colourising adds a new dimension.

It doesn't have to be one or the other - we are in the very fortunate position of having both, and therefore being able to appreciate both. After all the people stood there saw things in full colour - why can't we?

Comment by: George Chilvers on 27th September 2011 at 01:27

Re my last comment - I meant of course Ivor's post. :(

Comment by: gee h on 27th September 2011 at 10:49

I think you have done a fantastic job on this photo, I kind of understyand what Ron is saying,but some old photos are in so bad condition, details are very hard to make out! give yourself a pat on the back for this George!!

Comment by: Gerry on 27th September 2011 at 21:10

This is brilliant George I use photoshop quite a lot and I know how much work has gone into making this look so real.

to all who dont know how to get the best of photo editing software. If you dont know what you are doing with it and dont delve into its inner workings your colourised photos will look like they have been done in junior 3. well done George its a credit to you

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