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Old Jul 3, 2007, 11:24 PM   #1
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This is somewhat overcooked, but I enjoyed the feeling of developing it, reminding me of watching 16x12 prints appearing from the gloom in the developing dish. The original (posted second) was takenmainly for the sky, with otheruses in mind, as I drove home across the River Dee flood plain on Monday.

It's been rotated a bit, converted to greyscale in PSP, had the histogram 'equalised', and the foreground and the sky separatedly gamma-adjusted by eye in PSP's 'histogram adjustment'.


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Old Jul 3, 2007, 11:25 PM   #2
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And the original image straight from camera resized & PSP 'sharpen'....
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Old Jul 3, 2007, 11:26 PM   #3
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And in sepia...
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Old Jul 3, 2007, 11:46 PM   #4
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nice shots, alan! i really like the sepia version.
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Old Jul 4, 2007, 12:14 AM   #5
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Dr. Mr. Vandertramps wrote:
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i really like the sepia version.
Thanks. Yes, sepia is nice & easy these days; a push ofa virtual button.
I also loved the different tones that different printing papers used to give. I once (about 40 years ago) bought a huge cheap roll of B&W printing paper from a very cheap British photographic mail-order company called 'Marston & Heard' . I suspect it was ex-War Department surplus, used for printing aerial reconnaissance photos, because its images were very crisp and had a rich dark blue-black tone even in ordinary D163 developer.

As for sepia toning, as a teenager I acquired a very, very old cardboard pack of sepia toner chemicals as a free gift somehow, and used its noxious sodium sulphide solutions for a while, with pleasing results on huge prints in 20x16 enamel developing dishes. In an ill-ventilated darkroom, this was very dangerous, I now know.

In one of my last hands-on projects as a research electrochemist about 10 years ago, we were working on gadgets for photographic silver recovery, and had to be very careful of hydrogen sulphide, which is about as poisonous as hydrogen cyanide, but smellier. It's specially dangerous because it anaesthetises your smell sensors.

I hope this isn't too far off topic in a 'digicam' forum. Very soon only historians of science will know anything about it.
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Agreed to Doc, Love sepia version.Something is there to look forward to.
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Old Jul 4, 2007, 9:45 AM   #7
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You've got my vote! Great work. It is interesting to see the different techniques people are using.

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