Postcard Exchange Round 51 Comments and Feedback

Grain rain

A
Grain rain

  • 0
  • 0
  • 23
Dancer In Motion

A
Dancer In Motion

  • 3
  • 1
  • 68
Birds eye view

A
Birds eye view

  • 2
  • 2
  • 105
EmptyName 7.jpg

A
EmptyName 7.jpg

  • 10
  • 8
  • 315

Recent Classifieds

Forum statistics

Threads
189,786
Messages
2,646,780
Members
97,345
Latest member
Coolhead62
Recent bookmarks
0

mfohl

Subscriber
Joined
Jan 10, 2007
Messages
1,082
Location
Westerville,
Format
Multi Format
I also received MattiS's beautiful Aquarius Water Museum. Lovely cyanotype rendering of a pinhole image. Masterful. Thanks Matti!
 

BSP

Member
Joined
Aug 25, 2019
Messages
332
Location
The Netherlands
Format
35mm
Blue is the new black, it seems.
Today I received Rüdiger's (@rst ) postcard for round 51. I am falling in love with these cyanotypes . They are so nice to receive and this one is very interesting. I keep waiting for the beaver that caused the damage to show itself.

As I have a few 6x6 and 6x7 negatives I was wondering if I could get into this printing process too. Is it very difficult, messy of expensive?

Thanks for your kind words on the back also!

Nice one!
Bill
 

MattiS

Subscriber
Joined
Apr 29, 2016
Messages
217
Location
Germany
Format
Multi Format
Blue is the new black, it seems.
As I have a few 6x6 and 6x7 negatives I was wondering if I could get into this printing process too. Is it very difficult, messy of expensive?

40-50€ for chemicals, bottles, foam brushes and pipettes. 25€ more for a UV LED strip and a box. Water colour paper and a cheap picture frame, that´s it.
An afternoon for your youtube-diploma and a weekend practising cyanotypes and you are up and running... .

20201011_125935.jpg 20201011_131903.jpg 20201011_122044.jpg
 
Last edited:

mfohl

Subscriber
Joined
Jan 10, 2007
Messages
1,082
Location
Westerville,
Format
Multi Format
I just received drpsilver's Never Give Up. A nice message, and a very nice still life. Thanks Darwin!
 

rst

Member
Joined
Jul 30, 2004
Messages
1,154
Location
Germany
Format
Pinhole
...
As I have a few 6x6 and 6x7 negatives I was wondering if I could get into this printing process too. Is it very difficult, messy of expensive?
Thanks for the kind words Bill. As already pointed out it is not very difficult or expensive to get into cyanotypes. And it is a simple process also with regards to suitable negatives. You need a negative which prints nicely on about grade 3 paper. Compared to other processes cyanotypes are not that contrast hungry.

Coming from smaller formats you can also do enlarged negatives (make an enlarged interpositive and then a negative from that or directly make the enlarged negative by reversal processing) or use a digital negative. But that would require a scanner and printer. OTOH a 6x7 miniature, on a nice paper ... that should work very well.

Cheers
Rüdiger
 

BSP

Member
Joined
Aug 25, 2019
Messages
332
Location
The Netherlands
Format
35mm
@drpsilver Darwin's little shrine really cheers me up today. I am glad to have received it. Thanks man.

Keep shooting, printing and sharing people!

Bill
 

mfohl

Subscriber
Joined
Jan 10, 2007
Messages
1,082
Location
Westerville,
Format
Multi Format
I got another really nice cyanotype in the mail today, from rst. A very large tree. Thanks, Rüdiger! Excellent detail in the dark tones of this one! And to answer your question, I absolutely do not mind a cyanotype!
 

MattKing

Moderator
Moderator
Joined
Apr 24, 2005
Messages
46,723
Location
Delta, BC, Canada
Format
Multi Format
I just received drpsilver's Never Give Up. A nice message, and a very nice still life. Thanks Darwin!
I too received and am enjoying drpsilver's "Never Give Up".
Well composed, an interesting subject, and very nicely printed too.
Thanks Darwin - I always look forward to your cards.
My cards are printed, the labels are drafted and I'm just trying to make some time available for toning (or reaching the decision not to this time).
 

tezzasmall

Member
Joined
Dec 29, 2013
Messages
1,115
Location
Southend on Sea Essex UK
Format
Plastic Cameras
I am falling in love with these cyanotypes.

I was wondering if I could get into this printing process too. Is it very difficult, messy of expensive?

Bill
40-50€ for chemicals, bottles, foam brushes and pipettes. 25€ more for a UV LED strip and a box. Water colour paper and a cheap picture frame, that´s it.
An afternoon for your youtube-diploma and a weekend practising cyanotypes and you are up and running...
As already pointed out it is not very difficult or expensive to get into cyanotypes. And it is a simple process also with regards to suitable negatives.
Cheers
Rüdiger
It's interesting to read that members of this forum are getting into cyanotypes, for these rounds. But, it is made to sound so simple, and sometimes it is, but as I have found out lately, whilst also trying the process, there can be a few hiccups along the way.

I am at present experimenting with different papers, for although I have now got a UV light that gives me much smaller exposures and dark blues in the wash, I am finding that some papers are better than others. Cheap cartridge paper, at about 190 gsm, gives a good blue right to the end but ends up breaking up into pieces in the wash. Then I've used a heavier 300 gsm watercolour paper that looks absolutely wonderful in the wash, with lovely deep blues, but then when dry they have almost disappeared! It's got to be the worst type of dry down ever!!! :sad:

If you're interested to read some other members experiments with it, can I suggest reading this post:

http://www.film-and-darkroom-user.org.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=13447

Terry S
 

rst

Member
Joined
Jul 30, 2004
Messages
1,154
Location
Germany
Format
Pinhole
... there can be a few hiccups along the way.
That is true Terry. There is quite some dependency on the paper. I found that Arches Platine (which I used in the last round), Bergger COT 320 (which I used in this round) and Hahnemühle Platinum Rag work very well with the cyanotype process. I would not recommend to start into it with saving money on the paper. I would rather recommend to use a paper which is known to work well. That might make starting with it a bit more expensive, but one has also value the time that is waisted using an unsuited paper.

In addition to the three papers I mentioned above, there are many other papers which work well. For those not interested in the youtube diploma I can recommend the following book by Christina Z. Anderson: Cyanotype - the blueprint in contemporary practice

There you find some comparisons between different papers and also different dilutions of FAC and PF and much more.

Cheers
Ruediger
 

Howard Earl

Member
Joined
May 13, 2017
Messages
75
Location
Brewster, NY
Format
4x5 Format
Really enjoying the new images received. Cyanotypes are very prominent this round.

MATTIS Aquarius Water Museum very nice.
RST Large tree with multiple branches. Excellent cyanotype.
DARWIN “Never Give Up” wonderful still life.
FOTOGYS Nice hillside scene.
BSP I received the dog walker with long leash and dog venturing into water.

I really enjoy reading the comments about photos on back of cards. And the technical info on camera gear is a bonus.
Love reading how everyone approaches this project.

Keep up the great work,
Howard Earl
 

Dan McGuire

Member
Joined
Aug 15, 2019
Messages
59
Location
Beautiful BC
Format
Large Format
Hello All

Another week with delivery of 2 post cards
@rst A beautiful Blue Cyanotype with a hand written message on the back. Makes the hand made image even more personal.
@drpsilver "Never Give Up" A still life for our times. Not a criticism, but a question. Would a rock with 2020 on it have anchored the picture or taken away from the message

Dan
 

FotoGys

Member
Joined
Jan 25, 2007
Messages
68
Location
Netherlands-
Format
Medium Format
Last week two postcards I received.

I love the still life picture of Darwin and also his possitive message. I love the composition as well as the print quality.
Also the cyanotype of Rüdiger I like because of the technique supporting this nice shot of a lake or river.

Guus
 

hkbenji

Member
Joined
Nov 30, 2012
Messages
53
Format
Multi Format
I finally managed to mail out my cards. Unfortunately, still no service from HK to Russia, so that one will go out later.

Received the following already with many thanks:

@mfohl - Nice 4x5 with interesting composition, textures and tones.
@rst - Another 4x5, this one a Cyanotype. Excellent. Did you do your signature with the Cyanotype solution? Works very well. Lovely paper too.
@JimEA - Great print of a Bronze. I was intrigued by your print and had to look up the sculptor.. (Jens-Flemming Sørensen). Toning looks good too.
@Oxleyroad - Love the mix of (bendy) palm trees and (non-bendy) lighthouse. Very nice. Interesting camera as well.
@Dan McGuire - Great contrast / tone / sharpness / detail. Looks fantastic.
@FotoGys - Your photograph brought back childhood memories from the North Sea, thank you. It has a nice soft quality that I enjoy.
@MattiS - Another 4x5 Cyanotype! And a pinhole to boot. The tower, the sky, the trees, the fence - all works very well together. I had to look up your camera - never heard of it before.. So now I can blame you for me ordering yet another camera (the 6x17..)..!
@BSP - Ha, great fun shot! The dog is clearly in charge here..
 

rst

Member
Joined
Jul 30, 2004
Messages
1,154
Location
Germany
Format
Pinhole
...
@rst - Another 4x5, this one a Cyanotype. Excellent. Did you do your signature with the Cyanotype solution? Works very well. Lovely paper too.
...
Thanks. Yes I use emulsion to sign. I use a nib made of glas so that there is no metal other than the metal in the emulsion involved.

Cheers
Rüdiger
 

RSImages

Member
Joined
Oct 7, 2015
Messages
62
Format
35mm
I've been terribly slow getting things done this go around. I just delivered my postcards to the post office this morning. My apology for the delay this go around.

-Robert
 

mfohl

Subscriber
Joined
Jan 10, 2007
Messages
1,082
Location
Westerville,
Format
Multi Format
Got two nice postcards today. Michael Teresko's structures from South San Francisco. And RSImages' Colossus in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nice head!
 

BSP

Member
Joined
Aug 25, 2019
Messages
332
Location
The Netherlands
Format
35mm
Three postcards today kept the doctor away

@tezzasmall / Terry sent me a wonderful follow-up to his Lloyds building series. I love the nice range tones that lead the eye up into the sky.

@hkbenji's fun little square one is a joy to hold and behold.

Mike's scene from South San Francisco looks like people gathering round to discuss how to climb that wall.

Thank you for sending such great postcards
Bill
 
Last edited:

BSP

Member
Joined
Aug 25, 2019
Messages
332
Location
The Netherlands
Format
35mm
And another one....this time from @gijsbert....a glowing, high contrast still life..."message in bottle".....I love it!

En jij ook hele fijne Sinterklaas en kerstdagen toegewenst!
 

drpsilver

Subscriber
Joined
Oct 31, 2005
Messages
664
Location
Los Altos, CA
Format
Multi Format
03 Dec 2020

Thank you to all for the kind words and comments. I found this small "altar" at the entrance to Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve (Los Altos, CA) which is walking distance from my home. I was very thankful to whomever created it because it was what I needed to see at the time. The message has become a recurring thought for me. It remained in place for almost 2 weeks before it disappeared. I hope it showed-up somewhere else to brighten the spirits of more people.

I have received many very nice cards. Here are my comments in to particular order.
The card from Micheal Teresko of an area in South San Francisco, where in SSF I have no idea.
I really like the card from hkbenj. The simplicity of the fisherman contrasted with the complexity of HK is wonderful. Very nicely printed. The dark frame accents the photo very well.
The second cyanotype of this round came from rst. The contrast between the two types of grasses is a nice juxtaposition. You succeeded in holding both shadow and highlight tone/detail. Well done. I am curious how you added you signature; ink or a pen dipped in cyanotype chemistry?

Regards,
Darwin
 

rst

Member
Joined
Jul 30, 2004
Messages
1,154
Location
Germany
Format
Pinhole
... The second cyanotype of this round came from rst. The contrast between the two types of grasses is a nice juxtaposition. You succeeded in holding both shadow and highlight tone/detail. Well done. I am curious how you added you signature; ink or a pen dipped in cyanotype chemistry?
I used a pen made of glass and cyanotype chemistry.

Thanks for the kind words Darwin and everyone who commented.

Cheers
Ruediger
 
Photrio.com contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.
To read our full affiliate disclosure statement please click Here.

PHOTRIO PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY:



Ilford ADOX Freestyle Photographic Stearman Press Weldon Color Lab Blue Moon Camera & Machine
Top Bottom