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Colorization of a Carriage Ride Through 1953 New York
I recently stumbled across some of street photographer Vivian Maier’s black and white photographs from the fifties and was really blown away with her work. Like Frank Larson, the raw feel of her photography of candid New York in the 1950’s makes me feel like I could step right through the photo in 1953. For more of Vivian Maier’s work, check her stuff out on Artsy.
This colorization had a lot of detail to go over, fortunately it did not take nearly as long as I originally anticipated. Here is a tip for my fellow colorization artists: when having to color small details, rather than paint each item individually you can save some time and duplicate the adjustment layer and then invert it.
A good example of this would be the carriage in this photo. I painted the whole bottom portion of the carriage green and then erased any areas that would hold any other color(the gold logo on the side and the white lettering). I then duplicated that layer and inverted it, creating color where the erasure had been. The all is needed is to adjust the color to your liking and erase any extra bits you don’t want. This saves a great deal of time when adding color to buildings, coloring sky in between tree branches and several other tricky detail filled photos.
As always, the full size original black and white photo is below as well as my full size colorization. Feel free to leave any comments or questions in the comment section below or share this post on your social network of choice.