Ice Bucket Challenge Before it Was Cool, 1943.


The original Ice Bucket Challenge, 1943

These ladies were not raising money or awareness for ALS in 1943, just the window-watchers pulses. Considering how strict the modesty laws were in 1943, these ladies were partying out of control. this photo was taken in the summer of 1943 in the heart of New York City.

Colorizing buildings can be really difficult because they are generally all different shades of grey. If you look closely at the concrete structure of a building though you can see there are subtle shades of beige,red and brown. In this photo I used a different solid color layer for each building  in colors like red, beige, sand and then I set the layer to a low opacity.

I then duplicated that layer and made the duplicate layer color grey. By adjusting the grey layer on each building I was able to control the light and darkness of each building without manipulating the base color. I then set my erase tool to 80% and erased the building windows, replacing them with a brown “soft light” layer and a black ” vivid light” layer.

One detail I enjoyed working with in this photo is the building on the far left. We can see there are people, desks and other items behind the windows. Subtle tones of brown, green and red really add the depth to the photo and take away from the unsaturated flatness.

My full size colorization is below as well as the full size original. Feel free to share this colorization on your social network of choice as well as leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.

The original Ice Bucket Challenge, 1943

colorized original ice bucket challenge

All photo colorization found within Metacolor is completed by hand using a Wacom Graphic Tablet and Adobe Photoshop CC software. All website design, writing and photo colorization/restoration found within is the sole work of Wayne Degan.

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