Here are the first set of prints done today, first time I have done Cyanotypes or indeed contact printing lol, basically the tip line I am very happy with, the next line I am ok with and the bottom print is a tad dark. What I have learnt is when it first gets developed in the water/light bleach mix is that the image goes slightly darker initially, then when its washed it gets slightly lighter bringing back details.
Here is how I have found it to go like:
Put in water and bleach mix
Paper gets saturated and gradually goes dark blue
Most of the image looks like its over exposed at this point ie very blue and loss of detail
Agitate some more
Image then continues to develop with details starting to emerge as the unexposed solution is removed from the paper
Move to clean water tray and agitate
Image gets slightly lighter and move details come out - I am guessing that the paper can only absorb so much of the solution so some of it is washed out leaving a cleaner image and good contrast.
Here are the images so far:
Matlock (marks I believe are oil showing I need to wait a bit before printing lol)
Bridge along the canal - this is slightly over exposed as I have lost a bit of detail
This is a partly sunken barge on te canal, its really really sharp for a print made on rough paper using an old printer and oil lol