QUOTE (dilo @ May 12 2005, 08:47 PM)
Nirgal, incredibly, I discovered this thread only now!
When I posted my PanCam mosaic, suggesting you to colorize it, I didn't imagined this superb result! I'm deeply deliced and I want deeply thank you for citation!
...One day, I hope, you will illustrate in detail your technique to us
Thanks for the kind words, dilo
I'm still working on the perfection of the colorizing techniques ...
It's a mixture of (pseudo-)intelligent colorizing algorithms
(hard-coded in plain C language
and a lot of brush hand-work in the details & fine tuning ...
Each individual b/w picture is a difficult challange to obtain "realistically looking"
color results without additional filter informations ...
Often enough, I'm not very satisfied with results (many tries with hundreds of different color hues and shades until it feels to look "right"...
For getting my overall "inspirations" for the general look&feel of the Martian colors
I'm often looking at the beautiful real/multi-filter color images posted
by other experts and color Wizards like djellison, Horton or on Daniel Crotty's (slinted) great site.
Also the many fantastic navcam-panoramas posted here (Tman, dilo and others) are often rewarding invitations to add the colors to them
Still, some images succeed more than others ... it often depends on the nature of the original b/w image: your panorama, for example with the fine contrast-rich dune patterns,
was one of those where I immediately thought would be a good target for
BTW.:My latest attempt is to bring color to some Microscopic Imager views
(methuselah and jib close-ups look promising
Long term goal would be to publish some kind of "coffee-table"-book with the best color images of the Mars missions (more "artistically oriented" than the usual
kind of space-book, less text, more images) ... but I'm afraid it won't be easy to find publishers for such a project ...