View Full Version : Cypress in Fog

Doug K
08-29-2011, 10:21 PM
Here's a print I'm really proud of. This is the second exposure, the first one is actually nicer, but I've already framed it and hung it up on the wall. This one is slightly under-exposed. The detail of the tree trunk is amazing in person. This photo really doesn't do the print justice. This is taken at a cemetery called Cuffey's Cove just north of the town of Elk on the northern California Coast. Again traditional cyanotype on Stonehenge White paper processed as I normally do in an initial citric acid bath, then plain water.

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08-30-2011, 07:17 AM
I'm not surprised you are proud of this one, Doug.

It's a smashing print. I can well imagine that the framed version is a joy to behold.

The detail, textures and tones are superb.

I like it a lot.

08-30-2011, 03:37 PM
Yes, very nice!

Doug K
08-31-2011, 08:47 PM
Thank you seorise and Jon. It is funny because when I first made the negative in photoshop, I thought it wouldn't make a good print so I didn't bother with printing out the negative. I like the photograph a lot, so I thought to give it a chance since I was printing other things as well, and it ended up being the best print of the day, and one of my best ever. At least in my own opinion. After living with it some, I still like it, so I guess it's a keeper.

09-01-2011, 09:17 AM
I think you hit on the right idea - live with it for a while, then make a decision. I have oftentimes changed my mind - in both directions - when doing this and feel that it helps with the final decision. I think that this image not only works on its own, but is ripe for experimentation as far as toning is concerned.

Cheers -


09-29-2012, 08:54 AM
I think this image is perfect just as it is. If it ain't broke, why fix it?

09-29-2012, 11:57 AM
I think this is a fine print!

11-13-2012, 10:44 AM
Really a very nice print, well done.

Sam Hotton
11-13-2012, 06:34 PM
That is a wonderful classic image Doug, love Cyanotype.
Sam H.

11-15-2012, 08:12 PM
With cyanotypes, especially, you need to live with the print. The color continues to deepen for quite some time after the print seems 'dry'. This is a lovely print. I agree that prints on paper with some tooth rarely look as good on the screen as they do in the hand. I can tell that this is a sockdolager.

Doug K
11-27-2012, 10:22 PM
Thank you all! I finally figured out how to make it back on here after the upgrade. I've had a busy few months with selling a house (FINALLY! YAY!) and a 3 week vacation in Europe. I'm currently in the planning stages of my basement darkroom in our new (old) house, and am looking forward to finally having a "real" darkroom again.

Earl, I gave this particular print to a friend who is a photographer, though "retired" mostly now, and he's not an "alternative process" guy, but purely a film and silver gelatin guy. He loved the print, so I gifted him with it since it was my "second". Looking at my copy on the wall, it has deepened up some, but not at the expense of details. I'm going to have to look at his copy to see how I feel about it now that I haven't seen it since I gave it to him. It will be interesting to see how the fine details came out.

I can't wait to make some more prints. I've got a backlog of images I need to make negatives for to try out....