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ravells
02-10-2009, 02:02 AM
I took these with a camera and the results are pretty noisy and blurry. I must borrow them and have them properly scanned.

(Click on the thumbnail to enlarge)

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c217/ravells/maps/Stpetersburg-1.jpg (http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c217/ravells/maps/Stpetersburg.jpg)

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c217/ravells/maps/Moscow-1.jpg (http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c217/ravells/maps/Moscow.jpg)

Steel General
02-10-2009, 07:18 AM
Those are nice maps Ravs... thx for posting the pics.

Hoel
02-10-2009, 01:03 PM
Really interesting... What are the dates on those?

töff
02-10-2009, 01:58 PM
Yes ... dates ...

Ooh those are tasty.

ravells
02-10-2009, 02:03 PM
LOL I should have checked when I took the pictures. I'll email my wife's grandfather (they're hanging on his wall) and ask him what the dates are!

I loved them on sight and he even offered to lend them to me so I could take them home and out of the frames to scan them, but I declined. I'm gonna see if I can refine my taking photos of maps technique (I've got a Nikon D90 which should be up to the task), and if I still can't get a decent resolution I'll take him up on his offer.

bartmoss
02-12-2009, 06:29 AM
Those are nice, if possible do scan them at a nice quality.

ravells
02-12-2009, 03:54 PM
I've downloaded a piece of software called 'Focus Magic' ... it's like an unsharp mask on steroids, I've used it to sharpen the images which are now below:

I took these with a camera and the results are pretty noisy and blurry. I must borrow them and have them properly scanned.

(Click on the thumbnail to enlarge)

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c217/ravells/maps/Stpetersburg1.jpg (http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c217/ravells/maps/Stpetersburg.jpg)

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c217/ravells/maps/Moscow1.jpg (http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c217/ravells/maps/Moscow.jpg)

jfrazierjr
02-12-2009, 03:57 PM
Did you use a tripod when you took the pictures?

ravells
02-12-2009, 03:59 PM
No...I left it at home...had to up the ISO and it shows in the image :(

ravells
02-14-2009, 01:36 AM
Ah, I've found high resolution versions of them on the web...in the Historical Cities maps listed in the sticky.

Moscow (http://historic-cities.huji.ac.il/russia/moscow/maps/sduk_1836_moscow.html)

St Petersburg (http://historic-cities.huji.ac.il/russia/peterburg/maps/sduk_1834_spb.html)

Data on the maps:

Moscow:
Drawn by: W.B.Clarke Engraved by: B.R. Davies Published by: Baldwin & Cradock Date: June 1836

St Petes:
Drawing: W.B.Clarke Engraved : B.R. Davies Published: Baldwin & Cradock Date: 1834

Now that we know who drew them, check out Clarke's map of Venice (http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY%7E8%7E1%7E21040%7E540017:Venice--Venezia--Venedig--Drawn-by-) which is a stunner.

Ascension
02-14-2009, 08:43 AM
Wow, those ARE great. I'd like to try something like these as well (new convert). I love the lil trees around the lakes.

ravells
02-14-2009, 06:02 PM
I've just snagged a print of one of Clarke's maps (Edinburgh) on Ebay for £2.99....yay!