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Terry3720 Oct 2016 3:18 p.m. PST

I have always loved this picture of a British Rolls Royce armored car, but the camo colors are not so clear. The very light color seems to be possibly white or a very pale yellow, and I would guess probably some light blue gray, that being in use at the start of the war. And as a guess a green, probably Brunswick??? All guess work on my part.



So, does anyone have anything more finite or even any suggestions as to what colors might have been used? I have one of these beauties en route to me as I write this.



monk2002uk20 Oct 2016 10:48 p.m. PST

Check out this example:


I cannot vouch for the authenticity of the colours but fits with the B&W, particularly the lightest colour.


Terry3721 Oct 2016 9:23 a.m. PST

Robert, I agree that is probably the best we can get for that scheme. Certainly one that appeals to me.

Thanks for haring it!


piper90921 Oct 2016 4:25 p.m. PST

Has anyone ever worked out a way to tell what a color would have been from the grey tones of a B&W photograph? I often wonder if digital restoration and analysis has made it possible to scan an old B&W image, and run it through a program that can analyze the grey scales, allow for faulty old photographic processes or lighting effects, factor in a "known" quantity as a reference point (e.g., knowing that a certain item would definitely be red, or green, etc.), and reproduce that B&W image in what its original colors would have been.

Lion in the Stars24 Oct 2016 4:15 p.m. PST

@Piper: Not really. If you find the "right" colors of red and green, they will have the same gray-scale value (that is, will be exactly the same gray).

There's no way to establish a chroma when all you have is value.

Terry3724 Oct 2016 6:55 p.m. PST

You also have to consider the type of film that was used. I'm not an expert, but I do know that some of the old films would show yellow as black in a b&w picture.


cplcampisi24 Oct 2016 7:35 p.m. PST

Old orthochromatic photography didn't respond evenly to different colors, unlike panchromatic which should give the proper intensity(?) to each color.

Most (but not all) orthochromatic film responded poorly to reds, which would look very dark, but very well to blues, which would appear very light.

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