September 08, 2009

From Russia with Pix

Posted by John Nack at 11:35 AM on September 08, 2009

Comments

  • Gregory Wostrel — 8:55 AM on September 09, 2009

    John, nesting doll? Seriously? That is so clearly a poorly done composite. For example, look at the quality of the detail and sharpness on the smaller doll compared to the larger. It looks like the larger one was simply scaled up to twice the size of the other one and no-one bothered to even try to make it look consistent.
    The snow pics, on the other hand, WOW!

  • Mike — 9:45 AM on September 09, 2009

    I can’t guarantee that particular picture’s accuracy, but try a Google search on “nesting doll square”.
    http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&um=1&sa=1&q=%22nesting+doll+square%22&aq=f&oq=&aqi=&start=0
    Not everything cool in the world is a Photoshop job (thank god).

  • Gregory Wostrel — 12:36 PM on September 09, 2009

    hey Mike, fair enough, however, if you look at that pic that John posted notice that the man in the foreground, the doll statue behind him, and the spires in the distance are all sharp (long depth of field), yet, the largest doll is not sharp. Plus, it is uniformly not sharp, too, so it is not some sort of effect from tilt/swing. Just my opinion, certainly no way to prove it.
    Plus, I wholeheartedly agree that “not everything cool in the world is a photoshop job” – far from it.
    for example: http://harryallen.info/?p=1032

  • Steve Laskevitch — 6:00 PM on September 09, 2009

    I’ve been using the Prokudin-Gorskii collection (via the Library of Congress) to teach Photoshop channels for years. When we paste each of his filtered images into a channel and look at the composite result, the bulbs light up.
    Before the LoC recreated all the images in color, we downloaded the raw scans to see these images in color…some for the first time in a century. Way cool stuff.
    Thanks for sharing, John.

  • Gregory Wostrel — 7:15 AM on September 10, 2009

    that is really neat and the perfect way to teach channels – what a great idea. An interesting thing to note is the exact same method was used in early high-end digital cameras. I first used a Leaf DCB back in the mid-90’s that took three shots through a succession of filters and then combined them in software. It was only a 4mp camera but the quality of the image was outstanding.

  • Gregory Wostrel — 7:36 AM on September 10, 2009

    Hey Steve, might you have a link for downloading some of those scans? I have been searching the LOC for the B&W scans – but no luck.

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