I know you’re wondering why this post is titled “Lord of the Rings Roots”. These roots reminded me so much of the forest you see in these movies. Really amazing huge root structures bubbling up out of the ground ready to trip you up. Almost like their feet grew too large for their shoes. Nooks and crannies hidden within their base could, and might, hold mythical creatures.
This image is one of our experiments with the copper toner we used. The copper toner, unlike the sepia, gives us a bit more control over the resulting tones. Sepia can take on more red tones when used alone, and has to be carefully timed, whereas the copper tends to give us more control and we prefer the browner tones. As we tend to shoot a lot of trees and nature scenes, we’re tending towards the browner tones which are more reminiscent of the subjects portrayed.
We obtained the above result by bleaching the silver gelatin print, then sepia toning it briefly and finishing it off with copper toner. This resulted in the more carbon like tones as seen above. We just love the tones on this one.
I took this with the Mamiya 645 Pro TL, 80 mm Mamiya 1:2.8 Sekor Lens, Ilford HP5 @ 200 developed in D76. Timing and technical details can be found on my Flickr site (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcsilverspring1/8476377764/in/photostream).
Enjoy the weekend and thanks for visiting.