Marks and I have been playing around with some different toning effects in the darkroom. We’re loving some of these and wanted to share them with you.
We took one of my images and printed five identical silver gelatin prints. We then subjected each of these prints to different toning methods.
The above show the silver gelatin print without any toning whatsoever.
The second print was bleached back until the highlights of the print and the reflection in the water disappeared for a total of 30 seconds. We then Sepia toned the print for 3 minutes which brought out the detail in the pine trees and the reflection in the water. Also note that this print took on a much warmer tone than the first print.
This third print was selenium toned only. This brings out the detail in the shadowed areas and removes the overall greenish tint that the first print without the toning has.
Number 4 was bleached back for 30 seconds to remove the highlights in both the background and the water. It was then Sepia toned to bring back those highlights for 3 minutes and 15 seconds, thereafter it was Selenium toned for 5 minutes to deepen the shadows.
Number 5 was Selenium toned for 6 minutes and then bleached back for a count of 10.
All prints are finished off with a wash in HCA for 5 minutes and a wash for 30 minutes before being laid out to dry in the darkroom.
This gives you an idea of the different effects we can produce simply by choosing different toning methods. We can make a print take on a cold tone (almost bluish in nature) to warm with brownish or reddish tones.
Enjoy and have a great evening.