Nature in monochrome. Bulow Woods with its gnarly roots tenuously holding onto life, deep dark swampy growth, and fallen trees providing nutrients for new growth. Winter provides some of the best opportunities for photography for us as the lack of foliage bares some of the marvels that shows off nature’s resilience to its best.
We’ve had fun this week both in the woods photographing (sans mosquitoes – yay!) as well as in the darkroom. Hope you enjoy some of the latest fruits of our labor.
Happy weekend everyone.
We spent yesterday in the darkroom working on both salt and kallitype prints. It has become very obvious to both of us that to produce a quality result it’s ultra important to have a good negative with considerably more contrast than would be acceptable for a silver gelatin print. These images were all shot with our Canon EOS Rebel 5Ti cameras. Both of us have decided that the kallitype prints are more the result we’re looking for but thought we’d share our latest results with you. The first two are kallitype prints which were gold toned with Nelson’s Gold Toner.
Bulow swamp Kallitype
These next two are salt prints which were also toned with Nelson’s Gold Toner.
Bulow Salt Print with woods nymph
Any new camera has a learning curve and our new Canon Eos Rebel T5i showed us that we still have a lot of experimenting to do. Marks has been busy reading the manual. I’m more of a hands on type of learner. Together we’re figuring out that this little camera does a lot more and I’m sure there’s more to discover. The best part of these cameras for both of us has been the reduction of weight of equipment in our backpacks. With the medium format cameras we were carrying between 25 and 35 lbs as well as heavy duty tripods. An hour into the shoot both of us would be ready to shed our packs due to aching backs (aging is not for the feint of heart). With these new cameras neither of us really felt the backpacks at all and we found we could walk for hours.
For the purpose of this learning curve we decided to shoot in color which we know most of our followers are not used to seeing from us. So here are a few of us in Bulow Woods from both of our perspectives.
Hope you enjoy a peek into the diversity of ” the wilder side of Florida”.
Bulow Ditch rapids
Close up of the rapids
Taking a break
Joey in the Palmettos
The red water of Bulow Ditch
Marks in the Palmettos
Bulow Ditch Rapids Downstream
Bulow Woods swamp
The diversity of Florida Woods
First Kallitype Print
Above is Marks’ very first Kallitype print of a swamp in Bulow woods which turned out really lovely. Kallitype printing is a process patented in 1889 by W.W.J. Nicol and is an iron/silver process using silver nitrate and ferric oxalate. Sometimes known as the “poor man’s Platinum print”. The above print was printed and then toned using Nelson’s Gold toner.
Enjoy the weekend everyone.
Joey’s first salt print
We thank all our friends who over the past couple of years have commented very nicely about our film photography and followed our blog here on WordPress.
Several reasons are causing changes in both our photography and our lives. To quote a famous comment–”we ain’t getting any younger”.
We are partially having to leave the world of film much like Clyde Butcher who has had to this as well. Age does have its drawbacks 😦
Backpacking in tons of camera equipment, tripods etc for miles into the woods for the day has become too much.
We are seriously exploring the world of Alternative Process Photography. Salt Printing and Kallitype Printing will replace our film photography. These processes are from the birth of photography and invented by William Henry Fox Talbot in the early 1800’s. We have included our first two efforts. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed making them.
First Salt Print by Marks
Our new medium will be Digital cameras and digital negatives which we will then use to produce either salt prints or kallitype prints in our wet darkroom.
We are waiting for our new Canon EOS T5i cameras to arrive and look forward to using them.
Hope you will enjoy our future work and images.
Marks and Joey