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I can hardly tell you how happy I am with this print.

 

What started out as a pretty shitty night in the darkroom, has ended with a final product that I am pretty damn proud of.

 

So, this is the CP Rail War Memorial outside Waterfront Station on Cordova Street. I shot it on Remembrance Day. It's my favorite monument, one of the few that depicts a dead soldier. I would really love to say thank you to the person or persons who leave the roses on it every year. I'll forgive you for climbing on it for your touching tribute.

 

But I digress... So what was so shitty in the darkroom with this picture? To start with, my on board light meter decided it wasn't going to work that day. Then when it came time to develop the negatives, I used print developer instead of the usual negative developer. While it did give me a negative, the contrast was right off.

 

My Advanced Black and White Photography instructor suggested soaking the negatives in a really strong selenium toner to enhance the contrast. This worked wonders.

 

The print itself was easy. Dialed up the contrast to a grade 3 and it looked pretty good. It could probably use a bit more dodging, but I am so happy with this print.

 

I did serpia tone a couple of them, but I didn't find that the Berg sepia toner did that great a job. It just wasn't brown enough for me. I may hand colour some of the roses with photo oils.

 

Shot on Kodak TMax 400 iso with my Pentax 6x7, light metering by my Sekonic L-208 Twinmate exposure meter. Printed on Oriental VC-RC Pearl photo paper.

 

And there you have it. No cliffs for this description.

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Taken on November 26, 2011