I was so intrigued by Roger Fenton’s 1855 photo from the Crimean War that I thought I’d do a little experimentation.
Image: With cannonballs. Credit: Gernsheim Collection, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin.
Image: Without cannonballs. Credit: Gernsheim Collection, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin.
The obvious question (at least to me) is what happens if you combine the images?
It looks like this:
Unfortunately, I’m stuck with the low-resolution images I found on the Web. Larger scans would give better results. But notice that nothing appears to be different between the two images except for the cannonballs on the road.
Here’s a closer look.
And I have to say, based on these unfortunately murky scans and my primitive skills in combining images, that this might be one photo, not two taken in sequence. In one of them, cannonballs might have been added by an artist at some later date.
Anyone with more skill in combining photos and access to better scans, please feel free to add your opinion.