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Colorization of 1920’s Bathing Beauties at the Beach
These ladies most likely went to jail after this photo was taken. The original black and white photo was taken in the 1920’s and this was extremely risque swimwear for that time period. In the early 1900s, modesty laws were very strict and required most women to wear long one piece garments as well as stockings at the beach.
The colorization of this photo took much longer than I anticipated. The actual coloring of the photo wasn’t the hard part, adjusting the lighting so the color had more depth was the time consuming part. Photos that have bright light from flashes or direct sunlight are the most difficult to colorize because the color just doesn’t “Stick” and soak in. I generally get past this by using the shadows and highlights tool and adjusting the levels until I can at least find a middle ground to work with.
The full size black and white photo as well as my colorization are below. Fell free to share this colorization on your social network of choice as well as leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.