Today’s featured photo of the day! Obscure Darkroom Magic

Here is today’s featured photo. I am featuring an extra special event of featuring a reflection of my favorite part of being in the darkroom…making art out of a regular photo! Here is a set of photos of the Pilgrim Faith Church in Oak Lawn, IL in the 80’s! Date – 1981.

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A work of art!! I first exposed the shot onto the normal exposure. Instead of developing the print, I re-exposed the print with clear light exposure for 1/8 of a second. I then processed the print with the normal black-and-white process finish. You can really see the outline of posterization taking place with this shot. How lovely!! The print is on fiber paper print using the Kodak Professional “warm-tone” enlargement paper developed with Kodak Dektol chemicals onto a 8X10″ matte-gloss RC print.

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The second print I exposed the shot onto same way as the first photo, except I saturated the photo with twice as much light by re-exposing it this time with 1/4 of a second. You can see that more light, in this case was not the answer, and that I lost the posterization effect by over-saturating, yielding more contrast and darker skies.

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This is the original shot with no embellishments.

Photo taken with a Nikon EM-through a Nikon 26 mm lens, filter=Polarizer, Aperture=16 f/stop, shutter-speed 1/125th second, loaded with Kodak Tri-X Black & White 135 Negative Film ISO (ASA) 400 (raw grain) processed with D-76 Processing Chemicals, and a fiber paper print using the Kodak Professional “warm-tone” enlargement paper developed with Kodak Dektol chemicals onto a 3½x5″ matte-gloss print.

See you tomorrow with another fine darkroom magic photograph!!

PHOTO OF THE DAY

 

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