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Re: Anyone doing autochrome?

Thanks to all who responded about doing autochrome. It's been interesting.

I've decided it's WAY too much like real work. Also, the probability that a bunch of 10th graders with no darkroom experience might succeed is in the single digits....

<Sigh> I had a wonderful image of seeing their little eyeballs pop out when I told them we were going to make photos out of potatoes...

I'm still looking for new tricks, but this won't be one of them. At least not yet.


Gawain Weaver wrote:
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Yes, there were many processes like this (it certainly wasn’t an original idea of mine). John Joly was perhaps the first to put it into practice in the 1890s. But McDonough of Chicago was not far behind. And later regular screen processes include the Finlay and Johnson color plates. Many of these processes involve separate taking and viewing screens. This allowed for the inventor to use different colors. For example, yellow could replace green in the taking screen so that it wouldn’t block as much light. Or lighter less saturated colors could be used (again for speed considerations, as well as color rendition in the final plate). In all of these the screens could be mixed and matched. That was one of the main advantages of this system—you could make as many as you want. National Geographic published color photographs using the Finlay process (I believe in the 1930s) and of course a one off process like the autochrome would have made this impossible (OK—duplication of autochromes was done, but it wasn’t pretty).


I’ve never actually tried it, but there have been other Photoshop autochrome instructions published such as this one: http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/or/autochrome-photo-effect.html


Gawain Weaver