Film Developing

Loading Sheet Film Double Darks 4×5

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Loading Sheet Film Double Darks 4x5

Loading Sheet Film Loading Sheet Film Double Darks 4×5. This is a very rough and basic video of showing the steps involved in loading 4×5 sheet film into a double dark film holder. Obviously these steps need to be made in total darkness, regardless of whether you are using black and white or colour film. […]

Darkroom Printing

Split grade printing on fibre based paper

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split grade printing fibre based paper

This is the last in a series of three posts exploring a single, high contrast image, with the goal of making a silver gelatin fibre based print. The first post was Overdeveloped negatives – printing from difficult negatives and the second Contact Proof Prints-standard exposure time. Split grade printing I prefer to use the method […]

Black and White Photos

Photo Canning River Kent St Weir Perth recent rain

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Kent St Weir Canning River

Photo Canning River Kent St Weir Perth.  Printed this morning in my darkroom, I made this image last weekend just after some recent rain. It was rather impromptu in one sense. I had been out earlier walking the dog, minus my camera, and noticed that in the late afternoon the weather had abated and everything […]

Black and White Photos

Laundry shed Margaret River

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Margaret River Australia

Laundry shed, Margaret River. I didn’t set out to deliberately make this image. Call it exploration or perhaps just a happy accident. I had my medium format camera set up on a tripod outside my late grandparents’ farm house looking out across the paddock. For whatever reason, I abandoned my initial plan and turned the […]

Black and White Photos

Canning River Perth burnt woodland Western Australia

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Canning River Perth burnt woodland

Canning River Perth  burnt woodland Canning River Perth  burnt woodland was first published in “Lost in Suburbia” in 2013, “Dissociation” 2015 Heathcote Museum & Gallery exhibition catalogue.  When I first viewed this on the ground glass screen of my camera I was excited by the prospect of producing a wonderful print. As is so often […]

Black and White Photos

Canning River Perth sunrise Western Australia

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Canning River Perth sunrise Western Australia

Canning River Perth sunrise Western Australia Canning River Perth sunrise.  Whenever I wake to a misty morning here in Perth I try to get down to the river. Mist or fog transforms the landscape, highlighting visual elements close to the viewer by fact that it obscures the view of more distant objects. It also transforms the […]

Black and White Photos

Canning River Perth fire paperbark regrowth

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Paperbark regrowth fire Canning River Perth

Paperbark regrowth after fire: new shoots on burnt paperbarks, Canning River Perth 16×20 inch hand printed silver gelatin fibre based print. It was exhibited in the 2015 Canning River “Dissociation” exhibition. After a serious fire in 2011 in which water bombing was required to prevent the fire spreading into neighboring houses, much of the park […]

Black and White Photos

Bannister Creek Canning River Perth Western Australia

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Canning River Perth

Bannister Creek tributary to Canning River Perth Bannister Creek tributary to Canning River Perth Western Australia 16×20 inch hand printed silver gelatin fibre based print -sold. This image was made in a section in which some restoration work was recently undertaken. The creek runs through suburbia, at the rear of housing whose back fences close […]

Black and White Photos

Canning River Wetlands Perth Paperbark Australia

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Canning River Wetlands Perth Paperbark

Canning River Wetlands Perth Paperbark #02 Canning River Wetlands Paperbark Perth. Many areas around the Canning River are natural wetlands which flood during the winter months. Some areas have been infilled over the years for subdivision. Small pockets remain of samphire and paperbark wetlands. These are important breeding grounds for water birds and they also […]

Black and White Photos

Canning River Sheoaks Grass Perth Western Australia

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Sheoaks grass Canning River casuarina-obesa

Canning River Sheoaks Grass was made on a bright summer’s day. Preserving the impression of bright light is important for me in this photograph. Maintaining texture in the grass is important in achieving this quality. With the contrast range in this scene so high I wanted to prevent the deep shadows from going to black […]