Saturday, February 12, 2011
Overexposed negative, questionable results, having fun with the process, regardless
This is a comparison of a raw scanned paper negative, and my final result, after lots of digital post processing.
I clearly greatly overexposed this negative in camera, and had to pull it out of the developer quickly before the image disappeared into blackness. Still, I thought I might make a go of it anyway.
I'm still not sure if I like it or not. Sometimes "happy accidents" work well, sometimes, they just don't. Sometimes, you just don't know.
On my Flickr page, I posted this image with notes, to document what I think are all of the interesting swirls and blobs and blemishes are on the negative, based on my few years of experience in developing paper negatives. I hope it might be helpful to someone, who may be a bewildered and puzzled as I was when I first started. To see these notes, just click on the image, and while viewing it on Flickr, hover your mouse over the image.
Notice that the negative image is backwards, and the tones are opposite from the positive image, too. The image also imprints on the emulsion upside down, as is the nature of light coming through a lens or pinhole.
This is an image of Lake Havasu at Cattail Cove State Park, in central-far western Arizona.
image made January 21, 2011.