OK, ROSS - Here's what we ALL look like -- COMPOSITE Photo

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Erik Ohlson
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OK, ROSS - Here's what we ALL look like -- COMPOSITE Photo
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OK - thanks to Ross, we've seen our individual faces, here:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3642827

but look at this; here's what we ALL look like, a composite of 65 memebrs of the Glen Burnie, Maryland Rotary club, april, 1955, by my dad, Eskil M. Ohlson:

My dad did this by taking all 65 photos on 4x5 film, having drawn pencil lines for centering and aligning eyes on the graound glass shot square-on, then we printed the lot - one at a time with each getting 1/65th the exposure in the enlarger. We changed the enlargement a bit to keep the eye-mouth distance ths same as all human eyes are about 2-1/4 inch apart and with no adjustment the mouths were very indistinct.

Tedious job.

But WAIT ! You say - that's just one club !.

Dad got the idea from "The Camera" magazine, January 1933. A composite of 152 members of a Masonic lodge, "The Unknown Mason" Photo by David Edmonston:

I guess more of these guys wore glasses - and bow ties, and may have been a bit older. Looks quite the same, though.

Then, in 1959, "True" Magazine ran this, captioned "This Man is your Brother":

"This Man is your Brother" from "True" Magazine, August 1959.
A composite of 109 men "from all walks of life" by Ray Eisenhardt.

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In reply to Erik Ohlson, 4 months ago

Thanks Erik - fascinating what could be done with "old" technology.

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In reply to Erik Ohlson, 4 months ago

you were going to do all that with the mugshots in my OP...

But getting back on point...

That 3rd composite "ever-so-slightly" resembles my father in '59' when I was 3 months old....

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In reply to dale thorn, 4 months ago

dale thorn wrote:

Thanks Erik - fascinating what could be done with "old" technology.

Yup, thanks, Dale.

It would be a huge "kick" to be able to do something like this on the Forum, but with so many different cameras, lighting, and work habits, it would be extremely difficult to get "blendable" pictures.

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