Dramatic Light: Hand Coloring

Challenge #14 in the Ways of Seeing series. Hosted by jezsik.
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A hundred years ago, to create a color photograph required painting a black and white print by hand. At the turn of the century, a few practitioners still remained, carrying out their arcane art in a world overrun with color film. While hand coloring prints is practically a lost art today, you can achieve a similar effect digitally ... without having to resort to special filters and plug-ins. With a B&W image in your editing software, create one or more transparent layers. Apply selective color on the layer. Adjust the layer blends to achieve the desired look. Submit your best "hand colored" image. Refer to the sample image and check out the additional rules.
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Taken at closing time at the Tower Of London, the guard posed for us as we were leaving.
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Submitted: Monday, 26th October, 2009 01:17 (GMT)
Taken: Saturday, 23rd August, 2008
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Shutter speed: 1/60 sec
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Notes: Desaturated, then added layers flood filled with red, dark red, green, dark green, brown, gold and skin tone, then used layer masks to paint on the colours on. Set the layers to "Hard Light" and varied their opacity. Have come away with respect for technique of hand colouring, using a mouse is possibly harder than using a brush, but it was absolutely invaluable having "undo"!
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