Colouring the 1900's
Photography of Sergei Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky (1863 - 1944)
This is a collection that I return to every now and then to practice color composition skills and to learn better ways to control tonality and hues. The Prokudin-Gorskii collection is available to everyone on the Library of Congress photo collection.
The images are originally three separate exposures, taken with three different colour filters. When composited together, you'll get a full-color photograph from the beginning of the 1900. As I composited these frames, I was only interested in getting a colourful composition and I left all the dirt and scratches as they were - it is an easy task to remove it, but the images have a lot more character when left as they now are.
As you watch these, bare in mind that these were taken a 100 years ago.