The weather is forecast to be improving over the next few days. Hoping against all hope for some cooler temperatures and less chance of rain. If the weather does improve we have our equipment locked and loaded for the next photographic excursion.
Meanwhile, as I had mentioned in the previous post, a comparison of different toning methods on two identical prints (same negative). Marks and I have been playing around in the darkroom finding different methods of developing the print resulting in some really unique results.
Below is an example of a fully bleached back print which was thereafter toned in sepia developer.
Next is the same image but this time it was partially bleached back and then toned in sepia.
Pretty wild how the exact same image can take on such different tones by using this method. We’re having a lot of fun as we experiment with this method.
We have been able to get a lot of variations of tone using this method. Now it’s just a matter of personal taste as to which one you like. Which one do you prefer?
Camera used was the Mamiya 645 Pro TL, Film Ilford HP5 @ 200. Lens 80mm with a #25 Red filter. Developer Xtol 1:1. Both were printed on Arista EDU Ultra using LPD 1:1.
The full bleach back on the first image took 4:00 minutes and was thereafter sepia toned for 7:00 minutes
The partial bleach back took 1:30 minutes and was thereafter sepia toned for 1:20 minutes.
These scanned prints do not in any way do justice to the actual silver gelatin prints.
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