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    Cyanotype subjects

    I am experimenting with cyanotype as an entry to alt process and have found that subject matter can be limited due to image color. I find architecture and flowers work very well, general landscape not so good. What are the thoughts out there?
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    I continue to work on a safe archival toning method for cyanotypes that converts the image to a neutral B&W. Progress is good. Results are forthcoming.

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    It is all subjective. If you like it you like it, if you don't you don't.

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    Take a look at what this idiot has been up to:


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    cyanotype toning

    I have read in Tim Rudmans toning book of tea toning cyanotypes he claims they are permanent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronlamarsh View Post
    I have read in Tim Rudmans toning book of tea toning cyanotypes he claims they are permanent.
    I have one made using the carbonate bleach/tannin tone method outlined in the article that I put in a position where it gets sun for about an hour every day. Going on two years now, and with no visible change compared to a control print made at the same time and kept under favorable conditions. Hardly scientific, but good enough to give me confidence in the process to this point.

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    (he is the only idiot who can sneeze all over the screen of his 10x8 - and film himself doing it) sssh

    Great Cyanotypes though

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    iron gallate and iron tannate pigments are very lightfast and permanent. The trick with making excellent neutral tone cyanotypes lies in controlling their color and keeping the pigments put in place. Both can be solved. Much of the process is sensitive to oxidation of the toner and so you can get very variable results in a darkroom setting. Waiting five minutes before toning vs. waiting 20 minutes will give different results. Also, the time spent in the toner affects this. Tricky tricky.

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