Another test shot from the Moersch tanol film developing process.
Crown of Thorns
This was shot by Marks using the Mamiya 645 Pro, 80 mm Mamiya Sekor 1:3.5 lens Ilford HP5 @ 200 developed in Moersch Tanol 1+1+100. Carbon toned in Moersch MT2 and scanned from silver gelatin print.
Timings and technical details can be found on Marks’ Flickr site:-
Enjoy this Easter weekend.
We just returned from an excursion into the wild of Florida where we shot a couple of rolls of film each.
I swear that those backpacks get heavier every time we do this. We did venture into some of the more uncharted, less traveled areas though and that could be the reason why the gear just felt heavier. Lots of tough terrain to cover.
The temperature couldn’t have been better and both Marks and I have realized that come summer we will no longer want to be out when the temperatures and humidity soar. This time we were surprised with a lot of wild hog viewings, as it was obviously feeding time. I believe we saw at least 20 and some really good sized hogs. Did we take any pictures? Hell no! That’s one of the problems with medium format film cameras. You can’t just aim and shoot. If you weren’t facing that way to begin with, by the time you’re set up the wild life has disappeared.
We wanted to take this opportunity as well to wish everyone a safe and happy Easter weekend and thank you all so much for following and liking our work. We are really appreciative and it’s an honor to hear all of your wonderful comments. Thanks so much.
Happy Easter everyone. 🙂
We are very excited to announce that we have converted from traditional film developers to pyro/staining developers.
Marks shot a test roll of film in our back yard so that we could try out this, new to us, but older traditional developer. Pyro/staining developers date back to early 1800’s.
The negative exhibits such sharp edge effects, extreme highlight separation with the highlights preserved using the pyro/staining developer. The appearance of “grain” is extremely fine, thus making the negative super sharp. The staining effect acts as a mild filter when printed in the enlarger, rendering separation in the highlighted areas.
The image below was developed in “Moersch Tanol”.
Moersch Tanol and Carbon Toning
We are extremely pleased with the results achieved using the pyro/staining developer. The negatives are finer grained that even some of our best using the newer traditional developers.
The above image was also carbon toned using Moersch MT2 toner. This image was scanned from the silver gelatin print but it does not, in any way, shape or form, show how sharp and clean this image really is.
Technical details can be found on Marks’ Flickr site:-
Enjoy and have a wonderful day. 😉
I thought it might be interesting to show you how my earlier rose images were created. This will also give you insight into how creative we have to become in order to put something at the right height, sometimes without the right equipment.
We usually use a table for this type of photography. In this case, however, I wanted to shoot down into the rose. I had a specific picture in mind which meant I needed to get up over the subject (the rose), and in some cases, low down and under the subject. I wanted to show up the beauty in the rose petals. The way they perfectly intertwine, almost like layers of a wedding dress. I wanted softness without losing detail. I wanted to use a short depth of field to portray this. In order to achieve the final images that I was satisfied with, I shot an entire roll of film on just that one rose. Here’s one of them scanned from the silver gelatin print.
While I was busy shooting this, Marks was busy taking pictures of me with his I-phone. Here’s a behind the scenes look.
The angle doesn’t really give you an idea of how close I really was to the rose and the rose itself. This is how I set up for the resulting silver gelatin image.
In the earlier “Luminous” post, I approached the rose from a different angle. Have a look at this.
Obviously dressed for success 🙂 Note the sophisticated gear we used to get the platform at the right height. Upside down buckets work a charm. 😉
Glamorous……..Right? You decide. 😉
Enjoy and have a great day.
Luminous is the expression I would use to describe this image. Photography, for me, is an artistic outlet. I put my heart and soul into producing and image in the hopes that the viewer will experience an emotion. Photographing one of the roses Marks bought for me Valentine’s Day was a labor of love for me. Here’s one of those I want to share with you.
The object was to get the lighting just right so that the one side would be sharply defined. The other side soft. Lighting it this way made this image appear to be luminous, emitting light from within.
Another split toned image, albeit more subtle, using Moersch bleach, selenium and Moersch MT3 toners.
Taken using the Mamiya 645 Pro TL, 150 mm Lens with 2X extionsion tube in studio lighting , Ilford HP5 @ 200 developed in D76 @ 1:1. Printed on Arista EDU Ultra VCFB in Moersch ECO 4812 . Scanned from the silver gelatin print.
Technical details can be found on my Flickr site:-
From a grey, wet, rainy Florida, wishing everyone a safe and happy day.
We’ve been experimenting again in the darkroom. This time we’ve used a carbon toner by Moersch. This process requires an initial immersion of the silver gelatin print in a strong solution of the carbon toner. We then follow this with a light bleaching and finalize the print with another short immersion in a weaker solution of the carbon toner.
We thought you would like to see the resulting image.
Rooting for water
The carbon toner really darkened up the shadowed areas of this print. The water looks black and mysterious. We’re both really liking the look this carbon toner provided.
Marks took this with the Mamiya C330 F3.5 65 mm Black Lens
Ilford HP5 @ 400 developed in D76 1:1
Printed on Arista EDU VCFB in Moersch ECO 4812 – Scanned from the silver gelatin print.
Technical details and timing can be found on Marks Flickr site. Here’s the link:-
Happy weekend everyone. Hope you get out to enjoy it where ever you are. 🙂
Good morning and happy tree Tuesday everyone. Today’s post is of one of the largest live oak tree in the South. It resides in an area that we do a lot of our work. We’ve never been able to capture this huge tree with our medium format cameras, so on one of our scouting expeditions we took along the Nikon N90X. Below is a description of the area taken from the State Park website.
“Bulow Creek protects nearly 5,600 acres, more than 1,500 of which are submerged lands. The highlight of Bulow Creek is one of the largest remaining stands of southern live oak forest along Florida’s east coast. The reigning tree is the Fairchild Oak, one of the largest live oak trees in the South. For more than 400 years it has been a silent witness to human activities along Bulow Creek, including the destruction of the neighboring Bulow Plantation during the Second Seminole War in 1836.”
I am just over 5 ft (1.58 meters) tall. The Fairchild Oak is approximately 75 feet (22.86 meters) tall. The limb to the left that reaches towards the ground stretches approximately 60 feet (18.29 meters). The diameter of the trunk where I’m standing is approximately 13-15 feet (3.96-4.57 meters). The Fairchild Oak is estimated to be anywhere between 400 and 500 years old. Imagine the stories it could tell.
Not one of our better photographs. We were having problems with the camera that day. 😦
Happy Tree Tuesday everyone. Enjoy. 🙂