"oil of lavender" was also used in the first photo:
If you look in the alternative process section, someone here on APUG has made a physautotype using oil of lavender.
Originally Posted by DarkroomExperimente
Looks really pretty, it's one of the alt processes I'm looking into trying in the near future.
If you click on the link in the above quote you'll see the results of the recent experimentation of Bruce Johnson of Melbourne, Australia (hats off to him for his relentless work). If I'm not mistaken, Bruce is probably the fourth or fifth person ever to make a physautotype, including Niepce himself. (I'm eager to hear from anyone who can disprove this, as I'd be pleased to speak with practicioners of this process).
Originally Posted by Akki14
I've witnessed the process but I've never actually made a phyautotype myself (so far!). I think that Bruce might be the one to pm for practical information. Jean-Louis Marignier, the researcher who re-discovered the process while writing the definitive text on Niepce, tends to be too busy to answer questions.
Hope this helps anyone who might want to play with this interesting process and, in the doing, touch a bit of history!
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just finished developing Tri-X in Thyme...
after 40 minutes there's a faint, but printable image
the negative has a nice amber tone too
next on the list: Parsley, Sage, and Rosemary
I'm pretty confident that Sage & Rosemary will work, less sure of Parsley
Apparently the Rosmarinic acid is a "dimer" of caffeic acid
Yes, Rosmarinic Acid is a dimer of Caffeic Acid. Interesting that they would both work, but they are both antioxidants. If parsley works, then parsnip leaves would probably also work, and might be stronger due to the higher level of oils in them.
You may want to get a book on Steroids and Terpenes. These compounds appear to fit into this type of class. If that is the case, Limonene might also work, but if you used lemon juice the ascorbic acid might mask the activity of the oil.
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seems it may be time to visit a University library and see what I can find
I'm wondering if the amber tone I have might be a dichroic fog...
I usually use a water stop with these experiments
I don't think I have any Farmer's Reducer....but I can try the citric acid/rapid fixer method
How about Mello Yello and/or Code Red sodas too? mmmmm... Just a thought.
I just noticed...the amber tone is all over the film EXCEPT the portion of the film leader that had stuck out of the film canister into the light....so the fog only formed on the parts of the film that had always been in darkness
and I did find some Farmer's Reducer, so I'll test that later
FWIW I usually add some isopropyl alcohol when I'm mixing up these "organic" brews to help extract the goodies from the plants....apparently some things (like rosmarinic acid IIRC) are more soluble in alcohol than water
Hmmmm. Terpenes. I love them. I have a box containing old terpene standards in my freezer. Every so often I get it out and smell the distinctive scent of each different terpene.
Originally Posted by Photo Engineer
The limonene would be nice if it works. You could extract the lemon zest for the limonene, and then use the lemon juice as a stop bath. 2 processing baths out of one fruit.