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Colourised black and white Arnhem photos

Postby razorlight » Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:15 pm

I've been having a look at some of the colourised WW2 black and white photos online and decided I'd try and do one. As I'm in the middle of reading Antony Beevor's new book on Arnhem (excellent!) so I picked an Arnhem photo that has always stayed in my mind because of their expressions. It's of 4 waffen SS prisoners of the 9th SS recon battalion. It turned out OK, doing the peadot was a pain. I'm going try a do a few more and hope they get better as I go along. Bless Youtube for their photoshop tutorials!

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Re: Colourised black and white Arnhem photo

Postby Hänschen klein » Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:14 pm

Thats amazing mate :good:
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Re: Colourised black and white Arnhem photo

Postby razorlight » Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:10 pm

Another go, this time colouring the whole background.

Men of the 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment.jpg


Men of No 3 Platoon, R Company, 1st Parachute Battalion, 1st (British) Airborne Division armed with Bren gun and No. 4 rifles defend a large shell hole outside Arnhem, during Operation ‘Market Garden’, 17th September 1944.
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Re: Colourised black and white Arnhem photo

Postby bart » Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:25 pm

Amazing work!

Period pictures in colour make the whole scene look more real.

I know Brits are working on a similiar ww1 movie, but checkout this film if you already haven't seen it -

https://youtu.be/CRmdNnyD41U

Actual footage from the Warsaw uprising, coloured & dubbed to resemble a documentary film. I'll try and find the full movie online
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Re: Colourised black and white Arnhem photo

Postby bart » Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:30 pm

Full film -

https://youtu.be/G7f2d7L_rZI

In Polish unfortunately :)
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Re: Colourised black and white Arnhem photo

Postby razorlight » Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:37 pm

Cheers Bart.

I saw a bit on the tele about that WW1 colourised film. It's been done by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) to commemorate the end of the First world war. Coming out soon in the cinema then on iplayer I believe.
I'll have a look at the Warsaw Uprising film.
I saw some work done by a young Brazilian artist. Some of her pictures are amazing, a few WW2 images, one particularly haunting picture of a young Polish girl. As you say these colour images seem to bring them back to life. Anyway,they fired me up to have a go at it. Here's the link to her site, take a look.

http://www.marinamaral.com/portfolio-2/
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Re: Colourised black and white Arnhem photo

Postby razorlight » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:54 pm

I've always liked this picture, so it's had the treatment. Airborne troops who managed to get out in the evacuation and very happy they look too!

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Members of the 1st Airborne Division, mostly 1st Border, safe in the grounds of the Missionary College in Nijmegen, on Tuesday 26th September, after being successfully evacuated across the Rhine
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Re: Colourised black and white Arnhem photos

Postby razorlight » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:36 pm

A motley crew of jerries forming up somewhere in Arnhem. The heer guy in the background is bombed up bigtime. 3 stick grenades and a couple of egg grenades! Haven't seen that at an airsoft game yet!

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Re: Colourised black and white Arnhem photos

Postby razorlight » Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:04 pm

Since it's the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem, I thought I'd post up the last few colourised Arnhem photos I did last year, in case they're of any interest.

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Airborne prisoners 4 colour 96dpi.jpg


Photos 1 and 4 are of men of 3rd Battalion and Royal Engineers taken prisoner after the fall of the Van Limburg Stirum School near Arnhem Bridge on Wednesday 20.9.1944. Photo taken by the German Luftwaffe war correspondent Helmuth Pirath around 15.30 hrs.

I think the middle photograph must have been prisoners taken on Tuesday 19th September after the attempt to get through to the bridge. Looks like they're outside the front of the St Elizabeth Hospital.

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