Thursday, 16 April 2015

Cyanotypes from digital negatives

I've just set up a bulk ink system on my cheap Epson printer because I was fed up on spending so much money on cartridges. The conversion is relative simple to make and the guys from the shop repair said that sometimes it can be done while you wait. 

Once I got my printer running, I decided print some digital negatives so I can make a few alternative process. The task isn't really easy when it comes to cheap inkjet printers... although the costs of my prints has been reduced drastically, having a bulk system which is not from the same manufacturer means that you can't easily make a color profile. I'm having a really hard time printing in black in my case, all my prints are coming with a dark blue tone.

I've decided to try some cyanotypes couple of days ago and they came out ok... I've lost some details on the highlights and the prints had to be left in a solution of 5% hydrogen perodixe (10% volume). 

All prints were made on Hahnemuhle proof paper with a solution of 3% gelatin (leaf) average 5 - 8 minutes on artificial UV light.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Hand-titing ambrotypes

So yesterday I spent the whole doing some ambrotypes at my friend's lab for an exhibithion that's about to come to celebrate the 2015 wet plate day, which will happen in May.

I wanted to do some tests hand-tinting ambrotypes, I've seen many examples that were made at the time and as well some contemporary artists and I thought they're stunning. I know ambrotypes and ferrotypes looks fantatisc already just by themselves but I wanted to try anyway. As seen on Mark Osterman video, I added some dry pastels powder with pencils just before the varnish stage, got rid of the excess with the air blower and varnished. 

This is the result!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Pinhole images - Pinrette

A few shots taken in my hometown with the Beirette camera, which was converted into a pinhole camera. The film used is a very expired Ilford (hence the noticeable grains) I bought years ago and it was processed using the homemade PaRodinal developer.