Yesterday I fiddled with toning cyanotype. First experiments were fairly positive, with two, maybe three out of eight working out.
I used green tea.
Wet the print, then a bath in a tray with 2L water mixed with a spoonful of washing soda. The bleaching was quick and noticeable.
Then in a tray with green tea for about three minutes.
Then into a tray with water/H202 mix, really just a rinse.
Agitate at each step.
There was still a lot of blue showing, so I dunked and agitated it in the washing soda again and then back in the tea and it started to turn brown.
Last, a clear water rinse in the utility sink in our garage, then the print was hung to dry.
I tried a few different variations of the above, using prints from the past that didn’t make the cut. I have a whole folder of them. Success with cyanotype has not come easy.
The toning saved a few of those rejects.
If only for a minute.
Ricoh GR Digital II.
I am not above snapping pictures of my neighbors’ roses. There must be some variation of the 5-second rule about trespassing to get a shot, right?
Let the petals fall.
From our rose garden at the old house. October 2014.
Fourth in a series.
So long 2020. Go easy on us, 2021.
Also, see > blue, orange, green
The missus n’me have been layin’ low since March, and I haven’t really done any shooting away from the house.
This time has given me an opportunity to go back, review, and reflect on the last 16 years or so of my obsession with photography.
I recently passed the 7,000 mark for images posted on Flickr. I’ve had that account since August 2004.
I fiddled ’round a bit with their search tool to help organize a few fave shots by color.
It was a fun little exercise, and brought back lots of memories. I’ll be posting these on the first of each month.
Here’s the color blue, first in a series.