We are expecting the last of the warm weather this weekend, with possibilities for the 80’s on Sunday. With rain predicted, diffused light will abound, so I am headed to the Keweenaw, or perhaps sturgeon river gorge, early Saturday morning with a friend. I have a second roll of Portra 160 to shoot in the Rolleiflex and the developer should arrive Monday (I managed to screw up the previous batch when mixing the chemistry, due to being tired and having it be my first time with C-41). I bought a cooking instrument (Sous Vive) which can maintain the necessary water bath at 101F and circulate the water during development. Old dogs can learn new tricks.
When the 8x10 arrives, I will be able to make large alternative photographic prints using 1800’s processes. Once I acquire the chemistry, watercolor paper, light source, and trays, I will make my first attempt at learning to make tea stained Cyanotypes, which I find quite attractive. The watercolor paper is sensitized by painting on the requisite chemistry and letting it dry. Then it is sandwiched in a contact printing frame with the negative, emulsion side down. The contact frame must be exposed to UV light (either the sun or a UV light box) for the correct time, then processed in various trays of chemistry, stain, and wash. In their unstained state, Cyanotypes are blue (a color I am not fond of). Below are a couple of examples of tea stained cyanotypes” and a great instructional video that demonstrates the process.