The weather didn’t cooperate today – it was supposed to be nice and sunny. I coated paper last night hoping to test the highlight issue on my sized, double-coated paper. I checked the weather at 10:00am, and not only was it NOT sunny, it looked like a storm was blowing in. So I headed off to shoot instead in the nice cloudy soft light. Clouds and no rain, can’t beat that.
After cleaning out the camera bag when the new camera came in, I discovered a cool filter lurking in the corner. I don’t recall using it much when I was shooting black and white film, and I certainly didn’t expect the results I got when I used it. Thank goodness for digital! I deleted the “unhappy accidents” and kept the cool ones. Who knew a center-sharp filter would produce this kind of result? (ok, maybe you guys did, but I didn’t!)
The image needs some work – this is pretty much the RAW file edited slightly for shadows. I did notice the filter tends to produce somewhat muddy images straight off the camera. If I’m ever going to try printing it in Cyanotype, I have some serious tweaking to do or the whole thing ends up looking out of focus.
I’m aware that you can produce similar results in photoshop with a clean image, but I’m not a big fan of post-shooting manipulations. I’d rather do it the old-fashioned way, or at least, no manipulation past what you could do in a traditional darkroom.