9 comments on “Split Toning Test Strips from the Darkroom

  1. It looks like it works a lot better when the sepia come before the selenium, then they both show in the print. And that gives a much better “bite” to it than the sepia alone.
    Beautiful work, thanks for sharing!
    Have a lovely weekend, Joey and Marks!

    • We agree Marie. We were experimenting and that was one of the processes we hadn’t tried yet. It might work if the selenium toning is just a brief time, but once the dmax is set it appears as if it prevents the sepia from working on the highlights. We might try it with a shorter selenium toning. We’re trying for a more carbon toner look without having to use the carbon toner. Apparently the carbon toner is very smelly and we’re trying to avoid having to use that for that reason. It’s fun to experiment though. We’re having fun with it.

      Have a great weekend.

      Marks and Joey

  2. Thanks for the insight into your craft Marks and Joey! I cannot contribute anything on the subject except to say that the two of you are genius artists and your love for what you do shine through your work!

    Lekker naweek!


    • Hi Dries, Marilize and Joubert,

      Julle deselfde – lekker naweek.:-)

      We do love what we do and we’re so glad that you can see that. We hope it’s stopped raining and that you’re able to resume your trips into the wilds of Africa. I have friends from Zim in Spain and they love looking at your work as well. Anyone who’s ever lived there has a certain nostalgia when it comes to reliving their lives in a country that so mires itself deep into your soul. You guys do such a great job in portraying that. You can almost smell the smells, see the sights and take us back on a sentimental journey. Thank you for that and for your friendship.

      Marks and Joey

  3. Lovely work, these of yours!!
    Just for your info (in case you know it, just discard!)
    Wolfgang Moersch has a Flickr gallery [http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolfgang_moersch/] where he posts a lot of his work trying to share his huge knowledge on printing techniques. I am pretty sure that he would like to answer any question you may ask him about toning or any other topic!

    • Thanks so much for the information Jesus. We do know about Wolfgang’s site and we use some of his chemicals. We’ve been fortunate enough to benefit from his great knowledge of chemicals in the exchange of Flickr mail. We’ve also received very beneficial information from a friend of his Willi Morali (also on Flickr). They both do some outstanding work and we love the fact that they are so willing to share the knowledge. Thanks again and have a great rest of the weekend. 🙂

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