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Old photos of England in colour....

Post by LivinginLuxor »

Well, not really, as they all appear to be hand tinted! But there are some fascinating pictures here - Stonehenge before restoration, and many of Derbyshire.

http://visboo.com/color-photographs-of-old-england.html


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Some lovely photos there.One of then is of Haddon Hall which is one of my favourite places in Derbyshire.
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Another one of my favourites here is Bolsover castle.........
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Post by LovelyLadyLux »

Beautiful photos Stan! Thanks for posting 'em!

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Great link Stan, thanks for posting :)
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Post by Horus »

I had another look through them all again this morning and I wonder how many of you photographers out there noticed the unintentional photographic effect of the long exposures that were required to take these early pictures? The one taken in the gardens at Buxton, number 18 down I think, shows it very well.

Using digital cameras that today are equipped with all the ‘bells and whistles’ that could only be dreamed of back in those early days, it is often the aim of modern enthusiasts to try and capture flowing water as something slightly ethereal by exposing the picture over a longer period of time.

Modern cameras however have either CCD or CMOS sensors that are built into them instead of using a film media coating on a photographic plate and are capable of capturing the image in an instant. This speed of capture is of course extremely useful for capturing fast action such as sports events, but can be a real disadvantage when the need for lengthy exposures is required. Today you would need to use some sort of Neutral Density filter to reduce the amount of light entering the lens and then play around with a longer exposure time in order to create this misty or milky water effect in your picture.

So it is interesting to me that because of the longer exposures that were required when using the ‘old’ method, they were inadvertently creating an effect that is often sought after by many modern photographers.
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Nice pictures of Bolsover castle JoJo :)
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Post by Grandad »

Great fun looking at old photos and trying to identify where they were taken.

I think #1 could be Dover. The cliffs are not tinted white but the sea is too blue so could be the tinters error.

#11 Is probably Ashford in Kent. I doubt if it is Middx.

#15 Recognised this as Dovedale and #16 confirmed it. Have negotiated those stepping stones many times.

#47 Is Rochester Castle.

#48 Could be Folkstone Lees but might it also be Harrowgate?

JOJO, I like your third picture of Bolsover, very atmospheric. :)
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Post by Grandad »

I don't want to move this interesting thread off topic but Horus, you have often mentioned ND filters recently and I admit that I have never used them.

I am prompted to ask a question though? If an ND filter has the effect of reducing the light entering a lens and therefore requires a longer exposure, surely a small aperture, f22 or f32 used with a slow ISO, would have the same effect.....or am I missing something?
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Post by Horus »

It would create the same effect, but not everyone will be using a DSLR camera with a range as wide as you describe. Lots of people now prefer the convienience of 'Bridge' type cameras when out and about and in the main these do not usually have a range above f11 although many do have an ISO range of between 100 to 6400, in which case an ND filter can be very useful.
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Post by jewel »

Bolsover castle looks stunning and what views .....but, is it haunted? ;) :D
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Wow, Bude has changed somewhat, but Padstow still looks similar to that, despite Rick Stein's efforts.
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