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Doug K
01-23-2011, 02:22 PM
I had a couple of prints that were badly over-exposed from my first batch of cyanotypes. Thinking that they might make a good subject for toning since it's generally recommended to over expose prints you tone, and also thinking I could stop development whenever I wanted, I gave it a whirl, and I saved two prints. This first one is another version of AJ the cat that I posted previously. You could not make out his fur in most of the print. It was amazing to see the details come back in the bleach bath (sodium carbonate). I didn't bleach this one fully, so there are still some bluish tones in spots.

Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/tea_toned_gato_4155.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/tea_toned_gato_4155.jpg)

Doug K
01-23-2011, 02:27 PM
This second one was the first print I made. I thought it appropriate that I would choose my fiancee as the subject, but was disappointed that it was so overexposed. Looking back, it is a difficult print to make anyways, so I was lucky that it turned out at all. I bleached this one until all the blue areas were yellow, then toned it in tea. My fiancee doesn't like this one since it makes her skin look bad, but I'm happy I was able to save the first cyanotype, and alt process print I've ever made.

I've read in places where people haven't had good results with tea toning, and I'm happy to have some decent results. It did stain the paper, but I really don't mind at all for these. Maybe I'll try tannic acid in the future... Attached files http://f295.f295.org/uploads/tea_toned_prometida_8594.jpg (http://f295.f295.org/uploads/tea_toned_prometida_8594.jpg)

Doug K
01-23-2011, 02:32 PM
Oh, and originals of these can be seen here:

AJ the cat: http://www.flickr.com/photos/secretagentman/5316315857/

My fiancee: http://www.flickr.com/photos/secretagentman/5296894565/

01-24-2011, 07:12 AM
What a lovely smile, on your fiancee I mean :)