I am working hard on these images. I am a little disappointed that I am not getting the highlights to paper white. I have a feeling I have over coated the paper given that eh shadows seem to be well toned in a deep blue.
I am working with an approximately 1 min 30 sec solar exposure time. This still seems brief to me but if i go farther everything ends up way to dark. I have thought about increasing the density of my negatives but I am feeling that I will start clipping the highlights.
Oh well new paper has been coated much thinner and we will see what happens.
I decided to use the prints I was unhappy with to attempt toning some of my prints with coffee. The process involves a bleaching step. After researching the recommended agent was a 1% solution of sodium carbonate. Well after being unable to locate sodium carbonate easily, I dug deeper and found you could use a solution of sodium bicarbonate so went that way.
The next step is a bath of well coffee. Using instant coffee as recommended (is thought of using the leftovers of my morning french press but I was actually out of coffee. I decided to go with what many people recommended instant coffee. the toning process seems to take a while, ~ 1 hour minimum in the toner bath according to my research.
So end results are as posted here. The image I am most happy with completely fell apart and is shredded. However one of these is somewhat successful, i was not happy with these images in the first place. I am moving forward and made duplicates of the last set of cyanotypes I made and plan on working on the those, as I write this there are some toning.
I Found the ABC’s project challenging not in the act of shooting or editing but in fact finding all the letters. Particularly “N” I could not locate that bugger anywhere. Anyway this project does force you to think a little differently and a little outside of the box, and forces you to crops the world into small areas in order to create things that we so commonly recognize.
This was one of the experiments in using panorama technique in something other than landscape. This does not exactly appear to be a panorama but it is five images put together in photoshop.