On the Road is a weekday feature spotlighting reader photo submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
This series was created by Alain Chamot (1971-2020).
It looks like Bill had some fun this week doing something completely different. Lucky us! ~WaterGirl
From the late 19th century to the mid 20th century, when color photography was either unavailable or prohibitively expensive, hand tinting photos was a means to get a color photo of those special occasions or for postcards of tourist spots. Often the person who tinted the photos for postcards was not the photographer and had never been to the location in the photo so the color would be ‘off”.
I’ve attempted to recreate that style digitally by converting my color photos to Black and White and the colorizing them via software so that they have an color somewhat independent from the original color. I combine the black and white photo with the colorized photo and blur the color to reduce the digital “look”.
Using this technique I’ve produced postcards of historic buildings and views from Southern California as well as our State Capitol in Sacramento.
Downtown LA with snowcapped San Gabriels from the Baldwin Hills.
Royce Hall at UCLA.
California State Capitol in Sacramento.
Chapel at the University of Redlands.
Mission Santa Barbara reflected in the fountain.
Mission San Luis Rey near Oceanside California.
The Stagecoach Inn in Thousand Oaks California.
Le Mesanager winery barn at Deukmajian Wilderness Park in the Crescenta Valley, California.