Toning prints

Color is very much about atmosphere and emotion and the feel of a place.Alex Webb

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we recently had the opportunity to test out some toning of images. toning is effectively changing the look and feel of a photograph with various liquids and dyes. we had the opportunity to try out a few the image i started with was a shot from a recent trip to Poland shot on my Leica M3 on kodak Tri-x. as shown below is a print of said image

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i absolutely love this image and the various tones i think it printed very well so i decided to print  five more of the same print so i could see how different each look with a different colour tone applied. each image has to be left in the tone tray for about 3 minutes apart from the blue which is only a minute and the yellow and red for around 10 minutes

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in the first tray is blue tone and in the second a salt bath to stop the blue dye, unfortunately i feel this was contaminated as it something a little unexpected happened

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any form of dark tone has almost washed away with the blue. the house at the bottom right is barely visible and almost solarised. but overall a very bizzare look to the image.

next tray was the antique sepia tone which is the most traditional method of toning an image

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this truly gives an authentic vintage look to the image and i feel this suits the image very well

next was the red dye which actually was as you can guess a bottle of red wine

*disclaimer no alcohol was consumed during the toning of these images

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this gives an almost pink look to the image very cool affect indeed.

next was the yellow food colouring

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i feel if i could combine the two dyes above it may create a cool looking sunset image with autumnal feels to the colour

and last but not least is coffee.

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coffee creates a very cheap alternative to the antique sepia tone. however the image has to spend alot more time in the coffee to absorb the dye.

overall i am very happy with how the toning worked and i feel this is a useful skill to add to any Anologue printers arsenal so to speak

 

until next time

PJ x

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