A few weeks ago I started posting on Twitter OLD PHOTOGRAPHS processed with artificial intelligence algorithms and additionally restoration manuals, in order to colorize and resurrect old historical photos of Ecuador. Initially, I selected photographs that were approximately a century old, according to my taste, but little by little people were suggesting themes or sending me photographs from their collections. The amount of photos that arrived was such that I apologize from now on for the large number of photos that I had to put aside, to restore them in a future still without a date 🙁
One of the common requests was if I could show the before and after of the process at the same time. So I decided to make this article with a tool that allows to visualize the change in an attractive way.
A colorization process with artificial intelligence
The process of colorization of photographs that I will show here was based on several techniques, one of the most important being the use of computer algorithms that uses what is called deep learning or deep learning. In a later article I will show details of this procedure. At the end of this article I show a video where the technique is used, in conjunction with digital editing tools such as Photoshop.
Guayaquil's past, with today's eyes
The photos that I will show are mostly from the city of Guayaquil, due to the proximity of the Bicentennial festivities that will take place in the city in the month of October, date for which I hope to have available a book where the best restoration work in high resolution. The originals are currently in the safekeeping of the INPC.
Well, let's start with this beautiful photograph of the Guayaquil boardwalk, with the Olmedo steamer in the center. To observe the before and after, just move the bar (vertical white line) from left to right.