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.
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
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
Our Phalaenopsis Orchid or “Moth” orchid rewarded us with beautiful long lasting blooms earlier this year.
The Phalaenopsis abbreviated to “Phal” in the horticultural trade is an orchid genus consisting of of approximately 60 species so there are many variations in the colors, shape and size of flowers each plant produces. This particular plant produced beautiful pale lilac blooms with a darker center.
Phalaenopsis are low-light orchids and thrive in our east facing kitchen window. They do not like direct sunlight and will scorch in our hot Florida sun. They like plenty of water about once a week to keep their air roots looking healthy.
Close up of the “Moth” Orchid
Both of the pictures above were taken with the Mamiya 645 Pro TL with an 80 mm Mamiya Sekor lens fitted with a 2X convertor in studio lighting. I also decided to try a little experiment with my Holga 120N ~ a little plastic toy camera fitted with a close up lens. Here’s the result:-
Through the Holga lens
The results from a cheap little plastic toy camera with a plastic lens are always unique.
All of the above were taken using Ilford HP5 film in studio lighting and developed and printed in our darkroom. The silver gelatin prints were scanned into digital format for displaying on this blog.
Our work can also be seen at Royal Canvas: Royal Canvas