Contact

Yet another darkroom special – I’m totally rocking my archives pretty hard lately, dudes and dudettes. I do kinda’ like this one. Probably because it took me so long to print this beast (although with Photoshop this might be about a ten minute job – at the most).

Mid-tones? We don’t need no stinkin’ mid-tones. But it’s ‘for on purpose though’. Really. I tend to print many photos super-contrasty. It’s so emotive… so dark and brooding! I think my almost exclusive use of the No. 5 split printing filter makes me seem super artsy-like… don’t you?!

About this image: Ilford 35mm film (who would’ve guessed, eh?) top image enlarged, film strips contact printed.

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27 thoughts on “Contact

  1. Ooo my sweet sweet boots have made an appearance! I look a little scary/windblown but I suppose that was the point. It’s an awesome collage.

    • Thank you J.G… ummm… I feel too old. Or… 31, anyway.

      That is very nice to hear! It took me way to long to make it, but I sure had fun doing so! πŸ™‚

  2. Happy Birthday, Robert! You’re just a young’un!

    I have no idea what the “No. 5 split printing filter” is though. For printing the small thumbnails alnog the bottom?

    • Thank you very much, Binky!

      In college (when I had access to a dark room) we used a split filter printing technique to make prints from 35mm negatives. We would expose a print first with a No. 5 filter (which blocked out all mid-tones) and then a 00 filter (which blocked out the darkest parts of an image). That way you can adjust mid-tones and dark tones / highlights independently.
      Sorry, my gibberish probably didn’t make much sense… I meant well, though!
      πŸ™‚

      • Interesting. I’m just barely familiar with a darkroom, and didn’t know there were filters like that. A bit easier these days with digital manipulation I’m sure. Plus you instantly see what you get and don’t have to wait for it to be developed.

        • Digital media does have many advantages! If you print/shoot as poorly as me, it can save a lot of money, too!
          I would like to get into alternative printing methods again some day, though. Being in a darkroom can be very relaxing (sometimes). πŸ™‚

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