Sunday, August 31, 2008

Morning Tea

It's amazing what light you can catch in the morning, if you look.

Morning tea
A warm, soothing cup of lao cong shui xian.

9 comments:

~ Phyll said...

Meditative and calming...marvelous!

vl. said...

Looks calming, including the fact that it's Shui Xian!

Great browning tone; I've been inclined to tone a few prints too lately after seeing your pictures, though in a slightly more painful (that is, smelly) process...

-vl.

Brent said...

Thanks guys, your feedback is always appreciated!

VL, what does the toning process use that smell so bad?

Brent

vl. said...

Potassium Polysulfide is what's in the toner I use, along with some simple alkali, not ammonia. I wouldn't be surprised if lots of other sulphur compounds are released, which make it smell rather bad.

But well, I love digital sepia too, there is a greater degree of control. You can also try lots of other simulated toning, don't know if Photoshop does that, but on the GIMP (which is free) there is a nice function, see link.

http://www.gimpguru.org/Tutorials/SampleToning/

-vl.

ana dane said...

gorgeous photo.

Brent said...

Thanks ana dane!

Brent

~ Phyll said...

Um, yeah...some toners are highly toxic, too. Sepia and blue toning weren't so bad in terms of smell, as far as I recall. I took a toning / B&W photo painting class back in undergrad years. I don't think Photoshop existed yet back then...wow.

By the way, Brent, if you are in the market for analog cameras, I have 2 complete systems to sell (a 6x7 medium format and a 35mm). Just FYI. :)

Stephen said...

Great pictures

Brent said...

Phyll,

I'm not in the market right now, but I will keep you in mind if I decide to branch out into film, particularly medium format (my dad has an old 35mm film SLR I could use). Thanks for the offer.

Stephen,

Thanks for the comment! I'm glad you like them.

Brent

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