It’s been a while since we were out in Tiger Bay or out photographing in general. The weather has put a bit of a damper on excursions with heavy rain, thunder and lightning. We could probably deal with the rain, but the thunder and lightning we’d rather do without. The afternoon heat results in a lot of rising hot air which causes the inevitable thunderstorms It will be nice when Fall (Autumn) actually arrives and the weather cools down a bit. Unfortunately, this is Florida and we usually go from summer to winter without any real warning.
Marks and I have been spending a lot of time in the darkroom. To be honest, he spends more time there than I do (someone has to do the housework). We were lucky that we’d shot a fair amount of film so had plenty to work with.
We’ve been working on different types of toning involving either, full bleaching back of the print, or partial bleaching back. It’s been rewarding and educational to see the different results and colors with the sepia toning. We had been doing a lot of split toning using a combination of bleaching back the print, then sepia toning for the highlights and selenium toning for the shadows. On these latest prints we reverted back to straight sepia toning only.
Over the next following days we will be posting some more of the prints from these sessions. There are also a couple of identical prints on which we will try and demonstrate (and, hopefully, the difference will show on your monitors) the difference between a full bleach back compared to a partial on an identical print.
It’s been an interesting week. The prints themselves have been scanned using the Epson V500 photo scanner. The scanner is wonderful but we both feel that the resulting image on the computer does not do the silver gelatin print justice. It does work great if you’re scanning negatives but we like the darkroom as well as the creative process resulting in beautiful art work.
This print turned out absolutely perfect. Just the way I wanted it to be. The softness of the ferns nestled under the oak trees with their hanging Spanish Moss. The saw palmetto bushes a sharp contrast to soft ferns. The sepia toning lends a wonderful hint of brown coloring to warm the image.
Above are the clouds rolling in. This is the start of the afternoon thunderstorm build up. The cumulous clouds resembling big puffy marshmallows in the sky start their vertical development brought on by the rising heat. Approximately an hour later we were running for cover as the thunderstorm started. This is a normal weather pattern for Florida.
The above photos were taken using the Mamiya 645 Pro TL, using an 80mm lens with a #25 red filter. The film used was Ilford HP5 @200 which was developed in Xtol 1:1. Printed on Arista EDU Ultra VCFB using Ethol LPD 1:1.The first photo of the fern was a partial bleach back and then sepia toned for 4:40 minutes.
The fern photo was the result of a partial bleach back and thereafter sepia toned for 4:40 minutes
The photo of the afternoon clouds was fully bleached back and then sepia toned for 7 minutes.
Thanks for viewing and visiting. There will be more posted in the following days and we hope you will like what you see and be back for more. Comments are always welcome.