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War Is Hell-Colorization of Unknown Vietnam Soldier
This photo of a unknown Vietnam soldier was taken by the late Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Horst Faas. The American soldier was of the 173rd Airborne Brigade from what I have read but little else is known. I stumbled across it and thought it would be a good image to colorize. The subject was really photogenic and the definition of the photograph makes it really easy to work with.
This image came together fairly quickly, but a big problem was that it appeared “too pretty”. I took some dark greys and blacks and scrubbed across the face a bit to give a sooty charcoal look. I also used a light greyish-dark blue combination with very little opacity on the upper lip to bring out the stubble in the young soldiers mustache.
One thing im quite proud of on this colorization was the eyes. If you look closely, I put a small bit of green around the edges of the pupil and a few “branches” stemming out. I then took a light yelloy and dotted the edge of the green areas and turned the opacity on very low and set the layer blending mode to Vivid Light.
Feel free to leave any comments or crticisms below. The original and my version are below as always, feel free to give it a try yourself and post it in the comments.