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I recently found this awesome old air photo of my hometown:


It's from 1910. I thought it would be cool to see how its looks with colors and gave it a try in photoshop. Thats what i came up with:


Like all colorized b&w photos it looks kinda artifical but im happy how some of the colors came out, especialy the trees.

The technique i used was the following: For the basic colors i used a modern air photo as palette. I overpainted everything by hand in a new layer, which i mixed with the original photo. This alone looked very flat and not realistic. For more color variation i rendered different colored clouds in new layers and fiddled around with different mixing techniques till i was happy with the result.

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hey that is one exceptional project! a good idea to do that

there are a few spots that could probably use some more color like the ground in the lower left corner, that backyard. and the trees in the middle on the left near the houses.

looking good! Your work made me curious and I searched for an old picture of my hometown but I haven't found anything on the net. maybe there are some in the town's museum

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