Photographs by Frank

18 July 2022

Four More Hand-colored Photos

Filed under: Alternative Processes,Hand-Coloring — Frank @ 6:00 PM

While yesterday’s anthotypes were ‘cooking’ I hand-colored four more prints using watercolors. The prints shown here* are all older images from my library. The images are four by five inches on five by seven inch paper.

The image of the door (which was originally made in January 2018) is unusual, in that I have no recollection of where this exposure was made. For the large majority of my ‘successful’ photographs, I have a pretty good, if not an exact, memory of where and when I made the exposure… but not this one!

Jane’s Barn, Too (from August 2015) is trivially easy to place. It is our next-door neighbors barn that I have photographed many times. I have included the ‘Too’ in its title because I used a very different view of this barn as my 2020 Winter Solstice print.

Flag and Shovel (from January 2020) is also easy for me to place as I have passed by this house in Deering many times. I also have a clear recollection of making the USA, VT (September 2016) exposure on a meander through the towns west of Brattleboro in southern Vermont, although I am not sure if I could find the exact spot without some effort.

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Old Door
Old Door
Jane's Barn, Too
Jane's Barn, Too
USA, VT
USA, VT
Flag & Shovel
Flag & Shovel

* In addition to the prints shown here, I also made a larger (six by seven-and-a-half on eight by ten paper) of “Flag & Shovel”.

Monday Anthotypes

Filed under: Alternative Processes,Anthotype — Frank @ 5:00 PM

Yesterday dawned bright and sunny. Thus, I was ‘busy’ making anthotypes.

I put ‘busy’ in quotes because making anthotypes is mostly about waiting if you have the paper already prepared. I spent about an hour first thing in the morning gathering and arranging material on various sheets of paper and placed everything out in the sun. The paprika anthotypes only take about an hour to expose but the turmeric anthotypes spent all day sitting outside.

In the early evening, I processed the prints. The images made with paprika get sprayed with an acrylic protective spray. The ones with turmeric get sprayed with 5% sodium carbonate (washing soda). In both cases these treatments are needed to slow the fading of the pigments that form the image.

I used a large chunk of the rest of the day to hand-color several more inkjet prints. More on that later.

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Paprika #1
Paprika #1
Paprika #2
Paprika #2
Turmeric #1
Turmeric #1
Turmeric #2
Turmeric #2
Turmeric #3
Turmeric #3
Turmeric #4
Turmeric #4
Turmeric #5
Turmeric #5
Turmeric #6
Turmeric #6
Turmeric #7
Turmeric #7

13 July 2022

Wednesday’s Work

This morning dawned bright and clear. After breakfast, I took a stroll about the yard, with scissors in hand, hunting for objects with which to make anthotypes. While the anthotypes were exposing, I worked on hand-coloring another print.

All of these images are small, made on 5×7 inch or smaller paper. The anthotypes are each made on a different paper. #3 is on Strathmore Vision drawing paper (fairly bright white). #4 is on the warm-toned Strathmore Series 400 drawing paper. #5 is on Unica Ivory, also warm but somewhere between the other two papers in tone. I am definitely liking warm-toned paper for paprika anthotypes.

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Paprika Anthotype #3
Paprika Anthotype #3
Paprika Anthotype #4
Paprika Anthotype #4
Paprika Anthotype #5
Paprika Anthotype #5
Beach Bar (hand-colored)
Beach Bar (hand-colored)

After lunch, with the skies partly to mostly sunny and the temperature right around 80 deg. F (i.e perfect weather for photographing odes) I headed out to do just that! My goal was the Ashuelot River in Surrey. This is a fast moving, rocky-bottomed smallish river; different from the usual ode habitats I frequent.

I spent just under two hours along the river upstream of the bridge (at the farthest upstream Army Corps of Engineers access site) and was amazed at the paucity of odes. I saw exactly six ebony jewelwings. I did not observe a single dragonfly!

On the way home I made two additional stops along the river on the road between Surrey and Gilsum with similar results… one additional ebony jewelwing.

My luck was only slightly better when I got back to Antrim. I stopped at the field adjacent to the Stone Church on Clinton Road and saw a couple of female Eastern Forktails and, finally two dragonflies. The dragonflies were both out over the small pond in this field and I did not get a good enough view of either to identify them. One of these individuals was making rapid circuits around the circumference of the pond. The other individual was ovipositing; i.e. repeatedly dipping the end of her abdomen into the water.

The lack of odes was quite surprising. Early yesterday evening a line of thunderstorms crossed the region; an inch of rain fell in well less than an hour accompanied by high winds. My guess is that odes do not survive well under these conditions. However, I do not have (and with a quick Google search did not find mention of) any evidence to support this idea.

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Ebony Jewelwing (male)
Ebony Jewelwing (male)
Ebony Jewelwing (female)
Ebony Jewelwing (female)
Eastern Forktail (female)
Eastern Forktail (female)
Wildflower #1
Wildflower #1
Wildflower #2
Wildflower #2

12 July 2022

Paprika, Red Cabbage & Turmeric Anthotypes

Filed under: Alternative Processes,Anthotype — Frank @ 3:30 PM

About a year ago, I made a series of anthotypes* using an extract of turmeric (see: post 1, post 2, and post 3).

Turmeric is a commonly used material for making anthtotypes. However, in anticipation of the inaugural World Anthotype Day I have spent the past week or so experimenting with making anthotypes with less commonly used materials as the source of pigment. Specifically, I made images with both a water-based extract of red cabbage and an organic solvent-based extract of paprika.

With the red cabbage I am able to make both blue and pink (think of the colors associated with newborn babies) images. However, these images (not shown) are of low contrast as the starting colors are fairly pale.

Additionally, the exposures required are long… think multiple days in the sun. Having long stretches of bright sunny days is not typical New Hampshire weather even in July. So I am not sure how practical this process would be. Furthermore, I am not a particularly patient soul. Lastly, baby blue and baby pink are just not colors that I am particularly fond of.

Thus, I don’t think that I will be pursuing red cabbage anthotypes much further.

However, I have been getting very nice results using an orange-yellow pigment extracted from paprika with an organic solvent. For my first attempts I used rubbing alcohol (iso-propanol) which is the solvent of choice for making turmeric anthotypes. I was able to make images with very short (for anthotypes) exposures (e.g. an hour or less). The images were fairly low contrast as the initial extract was not particularly dark. The chemist in me thought that using a less polar solvent might give better results and thus I tried making an extract of paprika using mineral spirits**. This worked like a charm. The details of my procedure and the results of my experiments can be found in this pdf file.

Shown below are two successful paprika anthotypes (exposure time 45-60 min in full July sun) and two new turmeric anthotypes (exposure time 5-6 hours).

The first image is on a nice warm Strathmore Series 400 drawing paper. The remaining three images are on Strathmore Vision drawing paper.

The turmeric images were sprayed with 5% sodium carbonate (washing soda) in order to stabilize them and to increase the contrast. The paprika images were sprayed with an acrylic fixative in order to stabilize them.

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Paprika Anthotype #1
Paprika Anthotype #1
Paprika Anthotype #2
Paprika Anthotype #2
Turmeric Anthotype #1
Turmeric Anthotype #1
Turmeric Anthotype #2
Turmeric Anthotype #2

* Anthotypes are images made using plant-derived pigments. One makes an extract of some colored plant part (often petals from a flower) and coats paper with the extract. When the paper is dry, one places objects (or, less commonly, a positive transparency) on the paper and then places a piece of glass atop the objects. This “sandwich” is the placed in a sunny spot and left for a period of time… certainly hours and often days. The sunlight fades the pigment and one is left which an image formed by the shadow of the objects you placed on the paper.

** Mineral spirits are easily available at the hardware store as they are used for thinning and cleaning up when using oil-based paints.

10 July 2022

Hand-colored Photos (Monhegan I. Series)

Filed under: Alternative Processes,Hand-Coloring — Frank @ 11:45 AM

I haven’t made any new exposures in the two weeks since we got back from Monhegan. However, I have been busy photographically speaking.

In anticipation of World Anthotype Day, I have been experimenting with making anthotypes again. I have made a couple of nice photograms using turmeric. Additionally, I am experimenting with other pigments for anthotype. Currently, I am exposing prints using an extract from red cabbage. I am also testing an extract from paprika. All except the turmeric are very experimental. I’ll report here if I have any success.

Additionally, I have been using watercolor paints to hand color a few of the photos from Monhegan.

While on Monhegan, I met Corlis Carroll, an artist who specializes in hand painted photographs. Corlis does not have a website, but here is an article about her. My previous hand-coloring work used colored pencils blended with a mixture of turpentine and vegetable oil. Inspired by Corlis, I have been experimenting with watercolor.

The first two images shown below are inkjet prints on Hahnemuhle Biblio paper*. They are about as large as I make for hand-coloring (6×7.5 inches and 6.5 inches square, respectively; both on an 8×10 inch sheet). The third print is on Strathmore Hot Press watercolor paper and is 4×5 inches on a 5×7 inch sheet.

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Door (Port Clyde, ME) (Hand Colored)
Door (Port Clyde, ME) (Hand Colored)
Monhegan Detail #3 (Hand Colored)
Monhegan Detail #3 (Hand Colored)
Monhegan Detail #4 (Hand Colored)
Monhegan Detail #4 (Hand Colored)

* I really like hand-coloring prints made on Biblio, which has a wonderful ‘feel’ about it. However, I am getting a bit of buckling (which is evident in the scans) of the paper with watercolors. Biblio is a thin-ish printmaking paper so it is not intended to ‘see’ much water. I am hoping that the buckles can be removed/minimized by pressing the prints for awhile.

30 June 2022

Monhegan Island – Details

Filed under: Misc. — Frank @ 5:00 PM

Wandering with a camera gives one license to observe your surroundings closely and, hopefully, find small bits of interesting things to record.

Here are a dozen of those bits from our trip to Monhegan Island.

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Port Clyde Detail #1
Port Clyde Detail #1
Port Clyde Detail #2
Port Clyde Detail #2
Port Clyde Detail #3
Port Clyde Detail #3
Monhegan Detail #1
Monhegan Detail #1
Monhegan Detail #2
Monhegan Detail #2
Monhegan Detail #3
Monhegan Detail #3
Monhegan Detail #4
Monhegan Detail #4
Monhegan Detail #5
Monhegan Detail #5
Monhegan Detail #6
Monhegan Detail #6
Monhegan Detail #7
Monhegan Detail #7
Monhegan Detail #8
Monhegan Detail #8
Monhegan Detail #9
Monhegan Detail #9

Monhegan Island – Surf

Filed under: Landscapes — Tags: — Frank @ 4:00 PM

Where ocean meets land there is surf. Islands are well endowed with surf watching opportunities. I took advantage of those opportunities and made many, many photos of the surf over the week we visited Monhegan Island.

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Monhegan Surf #1
Monhegan Surf #1
Monhegan Surf #2
Monhegan Surf #2
Monhegan Surf #3
Monhegan Surf #3
Monhegan Surf #4
Monhegan Surf #4
Monhegan Surf #5
Monhegan Surf #5
Monhegan Surf #6
Monhegan Surf #6
Monhegan Surf #7
Monhegan Surf #7
Monhegan Surf #8
Monhegan Surf #8
Monhegan Surf #9
Monhegan Surf #9
Monhegan Surf #10
Monhegan Surf #10
Monhegan Surf #11
Monhegan Surf #11
Monhegan Surf #12
Monhegan Surf #12
Monhegan Surf #13
Monhegan Surf #13
Monhegan Surf #14
Monhegan Surf #14
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Surf From Above #1
Surf From Above #1
Surf From Above #2
Surf From Above #2
Surf From Above #3
Surf From Above #3
Surf From Above #4
Surf From Above #4
Surf From Above #5
Surf From Above #5

28 June 2022

Monhegan Island – The Shoreline

Filed under: Landscapes — Tags: — Frank @ 11:00 PM

During our week on Monhegan, we hiked most of the trails in the conserved ‘wild’ section of the island which is owned and managed by the Monhegan Associates, a private land trust. This is not difficult to do as the island is less than two miles long and less than a mile at its widest. There are a total of eleven miles of trails (trail map as a pdf file).

In doing this we saw essentially all of the shoreline. All of the shore is rocky and most of it is very steep. There are several headlands where the cliffs drop directly into the water.

Again, I made many (too many?) photographs of the shore line from many different vantage points. Here is a baker’s dozen that it hopefully varied enough to hold your attention.

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Gull Rock, detail (Monhegan Island)
Gull Rock, detail (Monhegan Island)
Whitehead from Burnt Head (Monhegan Island)
Whitehead from Burnt Head (Monhegan Island)
Whitehead from Gull Rock (Monhegan Island)
Whitehead from Gull Rock (Monhegan Island)
Monhegan Island Shoreline #1
Monhegan Island Shoreline #1
Gull Rock from Burnt Head (Monhegan Island)
Gull Rock from Burnt Head (Monhegan Island)
Monhegan Island Shoreline #2
Monhegan Island Shoreline #2
Black Head (Monhegan Island)
Black Head (Monhegan Island)
Monhegan Island Shoreline #3
Monhegan Island Shoreline #3
Monhegan Island Shoreline #4
Monhegan Island Shoreline #4
Monhegan Island Shoreline #5
Monhegan Island Shoreline #5
Monhegan Island Shoreline #6
Monhegan Island Shoreline #6
Monhegan Island Shoreline #7
Monhegan Island Shoreline #7

Monhegan Light

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes — Tags: — Frank @ 10:00 PM

The lighthouse on Monhegan Island is an interesting (in that it is unpainted stone) but not particularly tall (at 47 feet) structure that can be seen from many vantage points in the village. The structure does not need to be particularly tall because it sits at the high point of the island putting the beacon at 178 feet above the water.

As with so many lighthouses, the beacon has been automated. Thus the “surplus” structures including the keepers house has been turned into a museum. We were glad to visit and learned much about both the cultural and natural history of Monhegan.

Also present on the grounds of the lighthouse is the original, hand-struck, bell from the Manana Fog Signal station. This Wikipedia article is a bit out of date as it does not state that the facility was decommissioned in 2014. The bell stands roughly five feet high.

I made numerous photos of the lighthouse from many vantage points around the village and at many different times. Here is a very few of them.

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Lighthouse, Monhegan Island #1
Lighthouse, Monhegan Island #1
Lighthouse, Monhegan Island #2
Lighthouse, Monhegan Island #2
Lighthouse, Monhegan Island #3
Lighthouse, Monhegan Island #3
Lighthouse, Monhegan Island #4
Lighthouse, Monhegan Island #4
Lighthouse, Monhegan Island #5
Lighthouse, Monhegan Island #5
Lighthouse, Monhegan Island #6
Lighthouse, Monhegan Island #6
Lighthouse, Monhegan Island #7
Lighthouse, Monhegan Island #7
Manana Fog Signal Bell
Manana Fog Signal Bell

Monhegan Island – Flora and Fauna

Filed under: Birds,Mammals,wildflowers,Wildlife — Tags: , , — Frank @ 11:00 AM

Although our trip to Monhegan Island was mostly about the landscape, I did manage to make a few photographs of the non-human inhabitants of the island even though I did not have a long lens* with me.

There were plenty of birds on the island including, according to Merlin, many nesting warblers along with nesting gulls and cormorants. Common Eiders were also plentiful out past the surf.

The mallards on Ice Pond are clearly habituated to humans. As soon as I showed up on the small beach, every mallard on the pond made a beeline for me expecting a hand out.

There was also a well habituated Herring Gull present atop White Head both times we visited there. I assume that it was used to folks feeding it scraps of their snacks/lunch.

The photos of the seals and the cormorant colony were made when we took an afternoon boat ride around the island… it takes all of thirty minutes to circumnavigate Monhegan Island!

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Waxwings
Waxwings
Gull Nest & Chicks
Gull Nest & Chicks
Ice Pond Mallard (in molt)
Ice Pond Mallard (in molt)
Harbor Seals (Monhegan Island)
Harbor Seals (Monhegan Island)
Harbor Seal in Water (Monhegan Island)
Harbor Seal in Water (Monhegan Island)
Coromorant Nesting Colony
Coromorant Nesting Colony
Gull #1
Gull #1
Gull #2
Gull #2
Mallard in Molt (Monhegan Harbor)
Mallard in Molt (Monhegan Harbor)

Late June is also a good time for wildflowers on Monhegan. The beach roses were in full bloom as were many other flowers both large and small.

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Wildflower
Wildflower
Blueflag Lily
Blueflag Lily
Monhegan Flora #1
Monhegan Flora #1
Monhegan Flora #2
Monhegan Flora #2
Beach Rose #1
Beach Rose #1
Beach Rose #2
Beach Rose #2
Beach Rose #3
Beach Rose #3
Monhegan Flora #5
Monhegan Flora #5
Monhegan Flora #3
Monhegan Flora #3
Monhegan Flora #4
Monhegan Flora #4

* I had my 70-200 mm zoom and a 1.7x teleconverter.

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