Tree Tuesday is here again. For this post we selected one of Marks’ images of the giant oak which you’ve seen in close up in previous posts. Marks backed up as far as he could to try and get most of this giant into the frame. The image also clearly shows that this tree is another one that is, sadly, dying due to damage from either lightning or disease.
To achieve the brownish tones on this image we used a Moersch MT3 Vario toner. We had not used this before so it was an experiment for us and we really like the results we achieved using it. We also started using a new paper developer – Moersch ECO 4812.
The image was shot using the Mamiya C330, 65 mm F35 black lens using Ilford HP5 @ 200 developed in D76 at 1:1. Printed on Arista EDU Ultra VCFB in Moersch ECO 4812 . Scanned from the silver gelatin print.
We started out our toning process with Selenium to deepen the dark areas, then bleached it back to take down the highlights and it went briefly into the Moersch MT3 Vario to achieve the results you see above. We were amazed at how quickly the Moersch MT3 reacted and how much more control we had over the final result.
Timings and technical details can be found on Marks’ Flickr site:-
Enjoy and have a happy “Tree Tuesday” everyone.