This is a darkroom cyanotype, printed on fibre-based paper (large neg, contact-printed in hazy sunlight for about 20 minutes), and the result scanned on a flatbed. I was teaching traditional darkroom techniques, and this was in fact one of the demonstration prints. I.E. this isn't the result of P'shop manipulation!
Bere Forest is today the rump of a much larger area of woodland which covered much of S.E. Hampshire in the Middle Ages and up to the Eighteenth Century, being one of the remaining parts of the Royal Forest of Bere, used by English Kings for hunting. It once covered an area stretching from the River Test at King's Somborne in the west through Hursley, Eastleigh, Bishop's Waltham and Denmead to Rowland's Castle in the east. The forest was used as a source of oak for the navy to use in ship building.
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serp2000 (41404) 2012-04-30 1:20
Outstanding art work! I like your work. My compliments! Splendid monochrom picture, nice frame. Two points from me.
SnapRJW (31623) 2012-04-30 4:48
Hello Will - I love woodland and your delicate cyanotype is soft, delicate and extremely beautiful. A wonderful image. TFS and best regards Rosemary
CLODO (31206) 2012-04-30 8:18
Very original post for an old technique, and amazing framing.
tyro (21186) 2012-05-01 1:35
This is a remarkable photograph, quite outwith the realms of what we are used to seeing here on TE nowadays. Far removed from the rather technical, clinical and perhaps rather sterile pictures we are used to seeing these days from our modern digital wizardry, this picture has a wonderful ethereal and almost mystical feel to it. And, of course, it's a real tribute to older photographic techniques as well as to someone who can still master them!
As I say, the ethereal quality is lovely and the textures and lighting are superb.
P.S. I wonder if this website is doing funny things again - I can't quite work out how this photograph has only had four critiques and yet somehow appears to have earned eleven points. Very strange, although it is certainly worth more points than that!
notrap (5947) 2012-05-01 1:52
I like this "frame" which is no frame like what we do nowadays in PS, but perhaps achieved with a sponge. I would be glad to get such a result in postprocessing, but maybe it would never have the same touching spirit.
kabel (1865) 2012-05-01 19:58
Hello, a very original and unique art photograph. Thank you for explaining the process in your notes. Nice subject matter and the extraordinary process you used to bring it to fruition. This photo expands our usual definition as to what we see in the world around us and how it is presented to us.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-05-02 13:23
Very nice shoot with perfect cold colors.Very nice lightning and perfect framing with effects.Great atmosphere.Well done!
Have a nice evening
mesutilgim (87436) 2012-05-02 13:39
Different technique, perfect effect !
That's the reason why I still keep my darkroom.
I hope that I can also post in next days one of my albumine prints !
TFS and bets regards
guftgu (22) 2012-05-03 5:27
This photo is unique. First the photo taken is excellent. Monochrome effect has come real good and second the frame. Something real outstanding. Congrats.
Regards and keep sharing.
mauro61 (52631) 2012-05-03 12:41
mi piace molto questo effetto dentro cui collochi l'immagine ripresa.
Scena monocromatica di grande bellezza e classe,
patdeph (35748) 2012-05-03 13:58
this technique has given a splendid result, and I love how this is framed.Superb artistic work, I like very much.
dip (23768) 2012-05-03 23:54
very impressive the result of this technique!
very interesting posting,
thanks for sharing,
bornav (484) 2012-05-22 4:12
This is a fascinating photo! The bluish hue makes it resemble like a scene from Celtic folktales or the Dark Ages. I also like the effects which you've applied on the borders.
speedymanu (3587) 2012-08-27 6:22
Congratulations for using and mastering such a process. Moreover, congratulations for this very delicate and artistic composition which suits this process so finely. You've avoided the gimmicky use and created something truly original.