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RAIL COLOUR PRINTS CCM COLLECTION.
Rail Colour Prints is the collection of colour images currently being produced by David P. Williams of Glasgow. David has written numerous articles in railway magazines such as Railway World, Steam Days, Steam World since the mid 1970s and was a keen photographer of BR subjects in the period 1958-
Since retiring in 2003 he has been involved in the digitisation of his extensive negative collection and more recently has been working at the concept of adding colour to black & white railway images. The aim is to reproduce from a monochrome original, the scene which may have been observed through the viewfinder at the time. This is achieved using computer software and the resultant images are identified (and distinguished from colour transparencies) by the term CCM -
The Rail Colour Prints Collection is still expanding and currently numbers about 160 images. The negatives which have been brought to life by CCM include images taken by David himself ( eg Duchess of Gloucester at Shap Wells –opposite) but also ones which he has acquired over the years which were taken by other photographers. The many hours of work involved requires the candidate negatives to be of the highest quality and of medium format or larger. This enables really large prints (A2) to be produced which retain sharpness and definition quite unheard of from 35mm transparencies. In fact a good CCM image seems to improve the larger it is seen as fine detail becomes apparent which would not have been visible in a small print, even though it was there.
The CCM technique will be of particular use in creating coloured images from those negatives which predate colour photography (before 1935) and this includes of course anything from the pre-
The Transport Treasury has agreed to assist us with the marketing of the CCM images and the full catalogue of images will be available soon to view and order prints. Digital files will only be made available to publishers on payment of a reproduction fee, please enquire for rates.
RAIL COLOUR PRINTS CALENDAR 2015
A new 13-