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Colorization of Bettie Page
I keep things pretty G-rated here at Metacolor and stay away from the majority of pin-ups, but after hearing Bunny Yeager had passed away I really wanted to find a great photo of hers to colorize. This photo of the infamous Bettie Page wasn’t too risque and I felt it would look great with color. If you are unfamiliar with Bunny Yeager, she is the photographer who is responsible for the whole “pin-up” style that was so popular in the 1940’s and 1950’s. I will be honest, I had no idea those photos were taken by a woman and that kind of put a pleasant spin on many of the pin-up photos I had seen. With a woman behind the lens, the photos seem quite empowering rather than degrading.
The colorization of this black and white photo wasn’t terribly difficult, the clouds did take some time to get just right though. I have never colorized “cheetah-print” before so there was a great deal of trial and error in regards to the bikini. I used three layers of brown, green and blue in a soft light blending mode for the water and two layers of blue for the sky.
Quick tip: Something I do when colorizing the sky is gradient the solid color layer so the sky grows a deeper blue as it reaches the top of the picture. This gives it a more realistic feel in my opinion, when you go outside, the sky isn’t the same shade of blue everywhere.
The full size original black and white photo is below as well as my full size colorization. feel free to share this post on your social network of choice or leave a comment in the comment section below.