We also went for a nice walk on the Cotswold Way and this was a chance to take some photographs. I hauled along my Mamiya C220 which though a beast has never disappointed. It is outfitted with a 65mm f3.5 lens. I also have a deep yellow filter which while great at darkening blue skies it is a little too dark as green forests get very dark.
The snow drops were out and the day was gray with low hanging clouds and much mist about.
|Snow Drops f11 #5 22 sec #00 32 sec|
Next is a print of some trees. Here there are some surprising choices I think partially influence by a Japanese photographer I have been following on Flickr Yuu Sakai. He has some amazing high key shots. The photos below are not in the same vein but Sakai-san has opened my eye lighter exposures. Consequently my first print I thought at first too light but actually it works for me on one level. It strokes me as very open.
|Forest f11 #5 22 sec #00 8 sec|
|Forest f11 #5 22 sec #00 11 sec|
|Forest f11 #5 32 sec #00 8 sec|
|Wall f11 #5 16 sec #00 8 11 sec|
Some time ago I read an article on The Online Darkroom by guest contributor Omar from Turkey. This article uses the technique of flashing to solve a similar printing problem. I have remembered that and recently have had a few chances to try it. Since it uses a pre-exposure of the whole paper that moves the up the toe of the sensitivity curve it should be done carefully. This makes it a little troublesome.
First a test strip is made. The one shown below was calibrated for 12x16 prints so it must be scaled. Basically a strip of photo paper is marked with indelible ink at even intervals. These marks are useful in using the strip as you will be looking for small gradations in gray and without the marks the different times in the interesting areas will be difficult to tell apart. Normal test strips I don't bother with this as the zones are usually obvious.
|Flash Test strip for 12x16 enlargements Ilford MGIV Deluxe #00 filter|
So the final print is flashed 3 seconds first. Then the negative is loaded and aligned and the aperture reset to f11. The result follows.
|Wall f11 #5 16 sec #00 8 11 sec with 3 sec f32 pre-flash|
|Crop No flash|
|Crop with Flash|