Not too shabby; crop off the plain-colored stripes around the edges and this is a pretty good representation. In fact it's almost certainly better than anything Prokudin-Gorskii himself got—can you imagine the precision required to line up the light beams from the projector he used? These negatives yield enormously better results than any other color photography method of the period that I know of (it boggles my mind that these are almost 100 years old, one could almost imagine they were taken yesterday).

This is probably good enough for web work, but before trying anything close to print quality it's a good idea to go through the procedures in the second lesson, for reasons hinted at below.


It's worth mentioning here that the Library of Congress' website on the subject claims that "There is no known replica or illustration of the camera that Prokudin-Gorskii used". That may not be quite the case, for if you scroll up from the editing area (assuming you used the same editing area I did) you'll see that the brass plate is highly polished, and in it I see a reflection (sadly distorted) of what I think could only be the camera that took the photograph. This theory is bolstered by studying the angle at which the display sits on the bench, and figuring from there where in the room the camera would be.

This does bear out the theory that it was done with a single-lens camera (three lenses would have been my initial guess, but maybe I'm just crazy). I'm guessing then that the partitioning of the color information was done internally with mirrors.

While this method of camera construction was undoubtedly less expensive than using three lenses (which would have been costly to grind, especially given the degree of desired uniformity), it introduces other problems that will be addressed in later tutorials. In fact, you may see the problem already (try scrolling further and further up).

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