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Another Kallitype of an image from Bulow State Park.
Bulow State Park has an enormous variety of very old trees, Oaks, Hickory Nut and Maple. I took this image with a Mamiya 645 Medium Format camera with Ilford FP 4 film. The negative was processed in my darkroom.. For this Kallitype I needed an 8×10 negative. So I scanned the negative and converted it to a digital 8×10 negative. Then contact printing this onto sensitized watercolor paper by UV light. The processing is basically the same as a silver gelatin print just different chemicals. The Kallitype process is an antique process patented in the late 1800’s.
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Kallitype- Bulow Cabbage Palm
A Kallitype Print- A process patented by W.W.J. Nichol in 1889. An iron/silver process. A sheet of watercolor paper is coated with a silver nitrate and ferric oxalate solution. It is allowed to dry. The print is made under sunlight or other UV light by contact print a full sized negative.I use a 8 x 10 digital negative that I make. After exposure the print is developed in sodium citrate, then cleared in EDTA, next a gold toner is used, after toning the print is fixed in sodium thiosulfate, then washed and allowed to dry. Kallitypes are know for their wonderful warm tones. When properly developed and toned they are sometimes indistinguishable from Platinum prints.
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While Marks has been busy in the darkroom with his Kallitype process I’ve turned to our own backyard for some of the wonderful wildlife that visits regularly. I started out with just one feeder, which soon became two, then three and now I’m up to five. This pretty much ensures that the brown squirrels, who I believe have some type of internet messaging system whereby they invite all their near and distant relatives over, don’t hog all the food. Believe me when I say they try. Having a lot of feeders up means that the birds get a look in as well. It’s been a fabulous eye opening experiment where I’ve been able to get a lot of really nice close up shots of both the squirrels and the many birds that visit on a regular basis.
The first images I’m going to share with you are the red-bellied woodpeckers. I just love these birds. They are noisy, sassy and have great personalities. They are also very territorial as I found out when a strange juvenile ventured in where he shouldn’t have been. The red-bellied woodpecker is a medium sized woodpecker in the Picidae family. The common name is somewhat misleading as the prominent red plumage is actually on their heads. They know what type of food they like, peanuts being their favorite.
Above is the female red-bellied woodpecker. She can be distinguished by the white plumage on her head as opposed to the male whose head plumage is brilliant red. She’s seen here feasting on some cracked corn.
The male red-bellied woodpecker totally loves raw peanuts in their shell. Here you can see the difference in the head plumage.
Another shot of the male. Their coloring is vibrant and the pattern on their wings is just a beautiful tapestry that only nature can produce.
Stay tuned as I post some more wonderful wildlife images in a few days. Happy weekend and thanks for visiting 🙂 Comments are always welcome.
Joey took this photo of an Amaryllis several months ago. I tried carbon printing it several times to no success. Thought one more time might be the charm. So today I was going to try a Kallitype print of it.
I coated a sheet of Arches Platine 310 gsm Water Color paper with a Silver/Iron sensitizer. After two test prints an exposure time was selected. The print was exposed to bright sunlight for 1 min 15 sec. I developed the print in sodium citrate for 5 min, cleared it with EDTA, toned it in gold toner, fixed and washed the print.
Now comes the toe tapping time. There is a change in tones when it dries. But I hit this one the first time.
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Kallitype of Bulow Swamp. This what the early explorers would find when exploring Bulow Creek. Not a very hospitable place. However it was inhabited by the Timacuan Indians. Later the area became sugar cane plantations which were all eventually burned out by the Seminole Indians
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Kallitype print of Bulow Swamp
Working in the darkroom today and this is the result.
Printed on Stonehenge Watercolor paper.
Using a glass rod I coated the paper with 1ml 10% silver nitrate +1ml 20% ferric oxalate + 1 drop 50% tween + 5 drops of Gold Chloride. After this dried I exposed it in a UV light box for 25 min. It was then developed in a sodium citrate bath for 6 min. It was cleared and gold toned for 7 min, fixed and washed.
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