August 26, 2013

Digital Toning - Part 5 (miscellaneous processes)

Continuing with the results of my digital toning experiments, here are some examples of my images emulating the typical print colour of various analogue processes such as Ambrotype, Albumen printing, Kallitype and Salt printing ...

Here are 3 Kallitype emulations ...

And here are a range of other alternative process emulations ...

Albumen Print 

Ambrotype Print 

Calotype Print 

Platinum Print 

Salt Print 

Wet Collodian Print 

August 25, 2013

Digital Toning - Part 4 - Lithographic Printing emulation

In the darkroom years, one of the difficult and hard to control processes was using lithographic developers (Kodalith developer) to make prints... Lith developers were usually used to make high contrast images on lith (ortho) film, however if used in a very dilute manner, it could be used to make prints ... the prints displayed a beautiful and complex range of brown / pink coloration that was unique to the process ...
One of the great local practitioners of this (now rare) process is Robert Besanko.
Here are some examples of lith print samples applied to my print toning actions ...

August 18, 2013

Digital toning - Part 3 - Kodak Azo emulation

In this next instalment of my digital print toning experimentation, I have been analysing some of the beautiful early work made by Olivia Parker in the 1970's and 1980's 
Using a small number of 8"x10" contact prints I have made on Azo paper and by downloading images from the internet for analysis, I have added the colour numbers to the toning actions I have developed ...
The images made by Parker were made on a 8" x 10" camera, with the resulting negatives contact printed on Kodak AZO (a pure silver chloride) paper ... this paper was so 'slow' in its response to light that it couldn't be used as an enlargement paper and needed vast amounts of light to even make contact prints... as it was a pure silver chloride paper (compared to the bulk of chloro-bromide papers of the time),  it was very responsive to toners such as selenium, producing particularly beautiful split tones with pronounced 'reds' in the shadow areas...
Here I have applied the digital colouring to some of my images as an emulation of this process...
It is worth spending some time on Olivia's site ...

Digital Toning- Part 2

Following on from the last post re trying to find a digital equivalent of darkroom chemical toning, here is a different image to show the results ...

Ilford Gallerie / Selenium / Tea 1

Ilford Gallerie / Selenium / Tea 2

Record Rapid / Selenium (split toned) 1

Record Rapid / Selenium (split toned) 2

Van Dyke Brown

Ilford Gallerie / Untoned

Digital Print Toning- Part 1

For some time I have been attempting to find a method to digitally 'tone' prints as an equivalent to the chemical toning methods I employed in the darkroom.
Chemical toning processes,  using selenium, sepia,  poly-toner, hypo alum, gold, tea, etc., to both intensify particular tonal ranges as well as modify print colour was a standard part of my darkroom print refinement. These processes, when used well, were a vital part in producing fine prints.
Most digital toning process tend to produce rather bland and 'flat' images compared to the vitality of a chemically toned print.
I had a breakthrough last week (during a long bout of the very bad cold syndrome... so I suppose something productive came about despite feeling decidedly unwell), that involved adding colour through digital masks for highlights, mid tones and shadows. The added colour was analysed from scans of my darkroom prints and this process ensured an accurate version of the chemical print colour achieved in the darkroom... further control and refinement was achieved using layer blending methods ... all now set up with suitable actions for convenience ...
Here are some of the results... an 'untoned' print is at the bottom for comparison...

Ilford Gallerie / Nelsons Gold / Hypo Alum

Ilford Gallerie / Hypo Alum

Ilford Gallerie / Selenium / Tea

Agfa Portriga 1

Agfa Portriga 2

Agfa Record Rapid / Selenium (split toned)

Agfa Record Rapid / Selenium

Ilford Gallerie / Untoned

August 11, 2013


It's that time of year when I am deciding what to put in the local (yearly) art show... I think I'm going to put in some work from an ongoing series on called 'Object"... this series has mostly been made using the scanner as a camera...
I have also been exploring some digital toning methods (involving masking methods), looking for more subtlety and hopefully something that has more of the complex appearance of a traditionally chemically toned black and white print compared to simpler 'digital toning' methods...

August 08, 2013

Bolte Bridge revisited_03

Following on from the last 2 posts, here is an attempt (from 1998) at a large format (4"x5") 360 degree panorama, made up from five separate 4x5 exposures, taken in the area where the early stages of the Bolte Bridge supports were being constructed (off Dynon Rd.) ...