We tend to think of colour photography as being a postwar sort of invention — no doubt due to its association with Kodacolor photographic film, invented in 1942.

But in fact colour photography is much older than this. Early versions used three or more separate exposures, with different colour filters, which were combined into a final version at development time.

One of the most stunning collections of this sort of photography is Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii's photos of pre-Soviet Russia from 1909–1912. The quality of photography and richness of colour make it almost impossible to believe that they were from an entire century ago. The three-hued appearance of flowing water (and the occasional unwary background subject) shows how it was put together from separate Cyan/Magenta/Yellow exposures.

But even older forms of colour photography can be found. Examples from 1906 and 1890 show the "Photocrom" method of pseudo-colour photography. James Clark Maxwell produced a test image as far back as 1855, and Levi Hill's 1851 "Hillotypes" even show some basic colouration — although he fraudulently added extra colours after development!

Edit: Calvin's Dad, as usual, has a different story.

Back from Loch Lomond, as mentioned. After much consideration, [personal profile] galaxy_girl and I are in full agreement that the banks are, indeed, bonny.

Pic-a-chewers )

Our tacky souvenir quest was successful. Have left it in the car, but it's one of these.

Finally: bonus lolcat.

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( Oct. 6th, 2008 04:58 pm)

As promised, some photos:

What I did on my hollidays by Spud )

Edit: photos of skellingtons under cut. Some viewers may these images disturbing. Mebbes.

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( Jul. 19th, 2007 11:21 pm)
A picture of [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00 as a child. Before the exorcism.

*Runs away*

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( May. 1st, 2007 10:18 pm)
I am on t'internet.

They don't let just anybody on t'internet, you know.
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( Mar. 5th, 2007 05:05 pm)
Went to the zoo on Saturday with [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00 and, as it turned out, [livejournal.com profile] batswing and [livejournal.com profile] kisin. Great fun, even if the penguin march was cancelled at the last minute (the guins were being lazy).

pictures )

All pictures taken on my camera phone. (My actual camera, being of Japanesily titchy proportions, has gone walkabout.)
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( May. 29th, 2006 01:29 pm)
...and the heavens did open, and pour rain without rest for forty days and forty nights.

Well, for 'heavens' read 'the laundry room ceiling', and 'forty days and forty nights' read 'about an hour or so'.

Teh account of teh great flood. With teh pictures. )

Now read [livejournal.com profile] scattergather's brilliant account of the proceedings. It is most excellent.

I was out jogging along the Union canal yesterday, what with it being a nice day and me needing the exercise. I brought my camera and took a few pictures. I'm constantly surprised by the amount of life and activity on the canal. There's two rowing clubs, kayakers, longboats... even a floating restaurant.

Mostly, however, there are ducks. It being spring, they're all being cutesy and couple-y. And doing things that ducks are wont to do at such times. Luckily for you, I didn't manage to get any pictures of that sort of thing. Here are some nice ones, though.

Piccies )

Edit: Also, perhaps somebody on my friends list (not naming names or anything) might like a cutesy duck icon?

I could put writing on it and everything.

Edit #2: and by "yesterday" I of course meant the day before yesterday.   8^S

I'm really going to have to get a torch or something if I want to do this sort of thing.
The blue channel in particular was useless; I ended up just converting into b&w and then recolourising.

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( Jul. 21st, 2004 12:47 am)
Following my acquisition, a couple of days past, of a litre of white spirit, I have been chucking around lit torches dipped in such. It burns very nicely, with a bright white flame; slightly hotter and fiercer than paraffin, with a slight bluish glow when running out. Very attractive. (White spirit can be found in the paint section of DIY shops. It's very reasonably priced, but is not, I repeat not, to be used for fire-breathing.)

The best part was that my visiting uncle videotaped the session, and we had a look at it afterwards. It's very illuminating to see your own juggling on video, because it shows exactly which tricks are working and which aren't. Was rather taken with the effect of helicopters and reverse spins, but now know to work on getting them faster and snappier. Flourishes were even more impressive than I thought they would be - I'm very pleased! I've also been motivated to try to link a couple of simple moves together, so that I have some 'set pieces', as it were.

Page of small(ish) pics
Larger pic, showing pwitty swiss surroundings.

Managed to avoid becoming a roast potato, although my wrist still smells faintly of burnt hair. Yum!
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( May. 13th, 2004 08:21 pm)

This is my cat, Midnight, in a basket. Such a perfect fit! Bliss.

Cat-in-a-basket: five pounds, or six with chips. )

According to my mother, "I bought a basket to keep my computer stuff in, but I placed it on the table in the sun, and when I got back, the cat was in it. She's been there all day, moving only to occasionally peek out."

Just making sure the world's still there )

Midnight appears to view old age merely as an excuse for laziness. Woo yay for cats.



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