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Light & Dark

Continuing my return to monochrome photography, I revisited a number of slide/transparency scans. All the images in this post were originally created with a medium format camera (6 x 4.5 cm) with Fuji Velvia film, scanned with an Epsom 850 scanner. They were then processed to monochrome at the first stage using Lightroom with final adjustments and adding a frame with Photoshop.

Last week I spent my first afternoon in over 2 decades in a traditional darkroom at The Photo Parlour in Nottingham creating prints from black and white negatives. It proved an invaluable experience. I was surprised at what I could remember, and what I need to both learn and improve upon. Not just in the printing phase but from the moment of creating the image in my mind before I press the shutter release.

Moving between digital and analogue processing of monochrome images is, for me, a useful way to ‘see’ in monochrome. The following images are scans from transparencies. Expect to see scans of final prints created using the traditional darkroom experience.


Frost on Fern


Frost on Tree


Icicles by Stream


Morning Dew on Spider’s Web


Slioch & Loch Maree, Scottish Highlands


Slioch & Loch Maree, Scottish Highlands


Morning Calm, Ullswater, Cumbria, UK


Clouds above the Kachakani Pass, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Hindu Raj, Pakistan


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