What a difference a few days make in the weather. We’ve had a cool and wet February and beginning of March. Today, however, it’s bright and sunny with temperatures in the 80’s. The same is predicted for the remainder of the week.
We made good use of the cooler wetter days and spent a lot of time in the darkroom working on our Salt printing. Here are some of our results.
Each one turned out unique in tone. None are alike and none can be exactly duplicated. All of these were exposed in our UV light box in the darkroom as the sun was missing in action. Some of the exposures were as long as 30 minutes but most were around the 20 minute range. The lighter of the Thistle flower prints was bleached back and toned which is what gives it a different tonal range to the other prints.
Enjoy and have a great rest of the week 🙂
With the weather being up and down, one day cold and wet, the next warm and wet, we’ve been spending some time working in the darkroom on our “alternative process” prints. The salt print was the dominant paper-based photographic process for producing positive prints during the period from 1839 through approximately 1860. It was created by the British photographer William Henry Fox Talbot. On his first attempts paper coated with a silver nitrate solution and exposed to light only gave a faint metallic silver image. He later discovered that by first applying salt to the paper and then coating it with the silver nitrate solution he could get a much stronger image. This is pretty much the same way we create salt prints today. Here are a few from our darkroom.
Haw Creek Salt Print
Wood Burning Stove Salt Print
Bulow Woods Tree Salt Print
Hickory Nut Tree Roots Salt Print
Bulow Swamp Salt Print
Turkey Tail Fungi Salt Print
The softer antique look of these prints are a different look from our silver gelatins which had a clarity and uber sharpness to them. We hope you’ll like these. Let us know what you think.
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