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    Tannin Toned Cyano

    This neg was probably a bad candidate for traditional cyanotype printing (too contrasty), but I did it anyway. Arches hot press 90# paper. Acidic wash followed by water to clear, then peroxide to develop. Finally toning with soda and wine tannin. The print is a little more purple-ish than the scan reveals. I think the overall effect works, though I would like a little more highlight detail.

    Voigtlander toned cyanotype by James Harr Photo, on Flickr

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    Looks good, though your paper looks colored more like tea toning. I've not used wine tannin, but I've used tannin from the chemistry supply here in town, and who knows where it came from, but it didn't color the paper like this.

    As far as the negative, this really printed out well, plus your subject is my favorite line of cameras. I've got a Bessa like this one, plus a Bessa II with a color Skopar. I should photograph my Superbs some day, and print them out as cyanotypes... Anyhow, I don't think this is too contrasty. Maybe you could have gotten more dynamic range and detail in the highlights as you note, but in the end it's about if the print looks fine, which this does. I've found that composition trumps technical details in the end.

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    Here is another swing at toning with wine tannin. This time, I didn't bleach as much, nor did I tone as long, so I came out with clear highlights and more of a split-tone look.
    This explains the process:

    This is the outcome:
    Toned Cyano.jpg

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