Monday, September 4, 2017

Phoenix - A knock-out!

Can't believe i haven't posted this one yet - it's one of the best of the last five or so years, not just the darkroom print, but the hand-coloring too.
Yes, ladies and gents, this is darkroom, not digital.

I did a scan, and went after that in P'shop, it didn't take long to see how much potential this one had.


So i did some detail coloring w/ watercolors,


.........and then went full tilt w/ oils. Fortunately this was on Ilford's fiber based matte paper, which takes color very, very well. It speaks for itself, and the much richer result that comes from analog / real colors on real paper, cotton balls and Q-tips. The blending is much subtler. I've spent plenty of time doing digital colorizing, and folks, it just ain't the same. I can't get the same sky blue out of P'shop that i can out of a tube.

The final 'Phoenix' - though perhaps that's a contradiction in terms. 
A phoenix isn't final, it's a new beginning.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Window to soul

Note to readers:
I've been doing this blog w/ wordpress for years:

.... but now they have changed their code and i can no longer use them w/ my old Mac Mini, OS 10.4, pre-intel chips, browsers that i can only update to a certain point.
Soooo... Blogspot to the rescue! I plan on 'keepin' on keepin on'!!

This was another one that went thru quite a metamorphosis from beginning to end.
It's a sandwich, two negs together in the enlarger neg holder, exposed at the same time.
Or it's equivalent done w/ photoshop, i did both.
The P'shop sketch looked pretty interesting, however the darkroom print just got too muddy.
No problemo, P'shop to the rescue :-)
Here's the sequence, first the negs.

The Cloud:

The Window:

The Photoshop 'sketch' of the sandwich:

Now the darkroom print:

Then the digital color variations:

The screen shot, w/ the layers/color:

From Btm up:

SC4 - K/+K
HueSat - window clouds, + blue
SC 1 - K/-Y
SC2 - deals w/ warm brown orange hi-lites on the wall.
SC3 - just window, better blue, +M


I particularly like this one in spite of the fact that the darkroom print needed some serious recusitation.
How it gets handcolored?... 'artist's choice' = do what ever you want.