to make new prints from my darkroom.As you know, after lessons at Adrian’s workshop I’ve learned a lot of new useful ‘tricks’ which helps with obtaining good results. Of course, most important is rather this what is on the picture and not the print itself but I think I have this what’s interesting to me so I’m in good place! It is hard to scan on home scanner prints with good enough quality to show you how those look like in reality but even though, if you’re slightly more experienced than new-comer into darkroom world, you’ll catch what I’m talking about. I have definitely improved my skills I think.
Some of my new prints I’m trying to ‘modify’ by burning particular areas to obtain specific effect. Not always it is easy and I can’t say I’ve managed to obtain this what I needed. In this occasion I tried to simulate that old boat/ship is emerging from the DARKNESS, but this what I’m getting isn’t quite this what I need. See below….
I like the colour of Ilford Galerie paper and its contrast. I have learned from Adrian that having good quality water, I don’t have bother with Kodak Photo-Flo! I caused sometimes some problems whilst prints were drying. Once are dry, on a surface were visible strange stains… It happens occasionally completely out of control so it is hard to narrow down what’s causing it. Now I know! It was Photo-Flo. I still use it with negatives though.
Next time will be better and now, enjoy seeing pictures in the below gallery – some of them have been printed earlier.
Recently my girlfriend announced me that for my birthday gift she prepared something special! Of course it didn’t take me long to pull out what’s that from her 🙂 It turned out it was a workshop with one of the greatest darkroom printers and also great photographers, I mean with Adrian Ensor here in London! You can image how happy I was. I’ve been waiting long two weeks for that day. I knew I had just 8hrs to learn as much as I can during this time. Obviously I need to prepare questions to outstanding things which no one else was able to give an answer. I thought to myself that it is great occasion to learn lots of things which I’ve never been good with.
My list consisted:
Better dogging and burning
How to better control contrast
Flattening the final prints
And all other small details which by observation I can learn
Finally that day came!
We’ve arrived at agreed 10AM on Saturday 4th of August. Adrian has been waiting for us already. We drank a cup of coffee and we’ve been talking about the plan for a day, ideas and of course we were looking on my pictures which I brought along with me.
My negatives are pretty good as I’m following my friend, Roy Snell, who advised me how to develop them properly. Negatives are well developed but these are developed in my own way to have many details in lights and shadows. It requires though, to use higher paper gradation.
Adrian instead suggested me to use stronger dilution of developer to have more contrast on them and for my needs it should be easier to print. I agree with both masters (Roy and Adrian) and I think I could treat them as two separate solutions for particular photographic ways of making final prints.
Here we are looking on my prints which are still wet but by putting them next to each other we can better asses situation and find out what else need to be changed to improve them.
Here is the final print
Portrait taken by me. Light was very bad (my mistake) but Adrian and I, we’ve done great job and portrait looks great! Grade 5 and some dodging helped!
Here is the summary and my book signed by Adrian!
I’m really happy having it signed as I did learn a lot from it. I know I’ll be getting far much more from it in the coming years as I’ll be coming back to it to rejuvenate my skills and improve my prints.
It was great day! But it is not the end of a journey, I’ll be visiting Adrian frequently and we’ll be talking about photography and many other things too. Adrian did lend me great biography of Bill Brandt (btw. I lived next to the block in Kensington for two years where Bill Brandt used to live).
Holland Park Notting Hill, Relaxing in the park, wooden trunks – among trees will make you happy. Kyoto Garden is here!
Holland Park in Notting Hill is one of the best places in this area to spend your free time.
Partridge birds, pigeons and many more birds and squirrels – all these animals you can find there along with at least a few places where you can relax reading book or drinking coffee. Many people come here to very slowly flow trough the footpaths with their kids and dogs. Some play football but a few steps away you can find charming Kyoto Garden with small sort of river. Everywhere in the Park you feel very secure as even small Police patrol is visible to avoid any problems before those occur. Really great place to come and all people know they should behave quietly. Some photos you can find below to show that not only ordinary places and things are here. Some wooden elements and animals this time 😉
So, please consider to come and more information along with Google Maps you can find here.
Relaxing in the park among trees and wooden trunks will make you happy. You can spend nice time with your kids. Kyoto Garden is here! But pictures I will put a bit later…
Wooden trunk, stubs
– you can find them here nicely lying on the ground…
are really nice and after rain when wood is sinked and wet those colours are even more intensive.
Conversion to Black and white
pulls out of them more interesting details. Those stubs makes this picture interesting as they have many small details. If you can see them on good monitor you can appreciate their colour and mentioned details. I hope you’ll like them as I do.
This morning we we’ve been working in the park trying to take some good portraits of Marlena despite of the wet weather. Finding good location and a light, turned out a slightly difficult task. We decided to not give up so we’ve spent some time trying to figure out where and how to make some photographs.
As sun has been moving higher and higher…
This portrait is my best. I like it because of Marlena’s sight. She’s so focused which makes this picture so energetic. As taking of model’s pictures or portraits isn’t easy task the one taken to the person you know very well sometimes is more difficult than that one taken of strangers.
Pictures in the park – If you’ve found them interesting feel free to share them with your friends.
Today took place Cancer Research Boat Race where Cambridge vs Oxford universities tried to compete. To be honest, weather was at least tricky. There was sunny but 15 minutes later it started to rain. The audience was great. Most of the people I met supported Cambridge…
The race has been started in 1829 and 1927 (men & women respectively) and is one of the oldest sports competitions in the world. Seen from bridges and both sides of the river Thames….and by millions via television transmission.
Men race – today Cambridge win!
Oxford 79 – Cambridge 82
Women Race – Today Oxford win!
Oxford 30 – Cambridge 41
26 March – Chelsea Fire Station
This is Chelsea Fire Station brigade location. This is their office. Great looking building and surrounding building makes this place very special from visual point of view.
26 March – Blurry man
Today is blurry and rather grey day so this colour picture will describe a bit who weather looks like and we fell.
21 March – Pictures of protest in the front of the Russian embassy in London
…against Russian court verdict which charged Nadiya Savchenko – charged over the death of two Russian journalists.
20 March – A guy with contrabass
Today we’ve met a man with such great contrabass. This instrument is indeed bigger that that man! Great finished without any polish looked impressively.
19 March – Old church & cemetry
13 March – Kids in a queue
London eye gathers lots of people every day – older and younger.
13 March – Tube commuters
In London tube is extremely wide and overwhelming number of commuters use it regularly every day.
13 March – old church
Picture taken using 39 years old camera…
13 March – Pigeons
Pigeons – nice contrast around them.
12 March – Nice Guys from Sweden
I met three guys from Sweden. I suppose they came to London as a tourists. I took them a few pictures – two of them you can find below as the rest are not ready yet 😉 I will publish them in coming few days!
Thank you fellas!
12 March – The Boxer
This morning I met two nice guys performing boxing training in Kensington Gardens – more pictures.
10 March – Rain
Rain again this time. Here’s no day without a rain… Hopefully spring is coming (I hope!).
09 March – Blurry day and abandoned flowers
Today weather isn’t good here. Is rather cold and wet. This is good weather for picture lovers which I am. Below something from today – flowers which were thrown out and then picked up by a street cleaner… What can be better? Second life for them, isn’t it? Maybe even better, I think.
05 March – Old Cadillac, building and something for cyclists
Today was very good photographic day. I have took some good (I hope) pictures and one of them you can find below. The rest of them I will put into Galleries soon. This car I’ve found in the London’s City. The car was parked behind the fence and seemed (thankfully) to be not “forgotten” which is great and I like when people use such machines on daily basis, really.
I also like different view of ordinary elements of surroundings. This time I’ve just moved my head up and bum! I saw this below….
…and last picture today – my favourite one. I like this contrast and elements combined together. If you too just share it with your friends.
26 February – Horse
I met this horse this morning. It is somehow interesting to me – those horses are so calm…
25 February – We’ve seen such great place today
This was taken in Chelsea. Great light made that photo.
25 February – The Photographer’s Gallery in London
Today we have visited this gallery to see some pictures Saul Leiter and Rosangela Renno in London based gallery. Peter’s pictures were good… but presentation of diapositives of Rosangela’s work work was amazingly prepared. Take a look here to see what I mean.
Here is only one picture of what we’ve seen there…
23 February – it happened…
This morning I’ve noticed that 4 pictures have been stolen from my outside gallery. As once someone said: “that’s good if your work someone copies or tries to steal…”
Funny thing 😉
18 February – Preparation for and exhibition
First attempts with the layout. Difficult thing to put material in proper order from visual point of view.
13 February – Old buildings in Notting Hill
In Notting Hill are many interesting places. You can find here an old buildings but also other kind of old buildings which are rather regular blocks and might not be so “fancy” as previous ones. But are still interesting is some respects….The key to find them interesting is point of view!
February – Saturday’s cooking
Portobello Road is famous not only from its market of historic things available for selling but also from its wide cuisins which came here with immigrants from many countries. This makes this place much more valuable than typical markets because this is one of the most cosmopolitan place in London.
February – The wall
Every town, especially capitals, have its own busy venues where many people are coming. Portobello Road is among many in London.
February – Some blossoms
February – Vinyl bookshelf
This is my Valentine’s gift which was given to me by my girlfriend. She made especially for me this beautiful vinyl bookshelf which will act also as a TV unit but just until I…..will fulfil this whole area in the bottom by vinyls 🙂 It won’t take long I think. More pictures you can find here.
Thank you Marlenka!
02 February – One day in London
02 February – Echo
February – Colors…
February – Streets & buildings
February – Dogs are everywhere
We’ve met this crazy dog this morning.
February – Marlene
Those pictures I’ve taken this morning.
January – river Thames
January – Trip to east London for a Annie Leibowitz’s exhibition
This was great experience to see Annie’s exhibition called “Women” which took place last Saturday. All her pictures were presented in a very old pumping power station (Wapping Hydraulic Power Station) which was built in 1890. The mood of this place was incredibly proper choose for this kind of pictures.
January – Some streets this time
In London there are so many instructing places… There’s always something to see on the streets. One day I was in one of those small streets.
28 December (2015) – This was rather windy day
December 2015 – Dog!
I love dogs so I couldn’t to not take this picture 😉
December 2015 – TAXI
There are such nice places where old cars aren not replaced for new ones which might be even better but they don’t their own soul. Who cares that those new are able to almost drives themselves and can get you home if you don’t love them? This one seemed be still in use.
November 2015 – London’s fog
I like this town because British are very nice people but whether here is also very interesting. You can’t be bored even if you’ll try…
October/November 2015 – Some pictures from Poland yet…
01 February 2015 – tattooed worker
I’ve met that man in the middle of Polish rather freezing winter. I’ve asked him if I can take a picture of his tattoos. He agreed to that and I have taken 3 photographs.
Middle of 2015 – Last company trip
This was mine last company trip. We were 200km far away Warsaw. We’ve spent there two days on boats, performing some training for managers and drinking beer.
September 2015 – Birds in Lazienki Park
There are very interesting small birds which will eat grains from your hand if you’re patient enough. My girlfriend Marlena had fun…
September 2015 – Blossoms which we’ve used to prepare a cup of tea
Those blossoms are used to mashing a tea. I din’t know about it until my girlfriend told me and gave one to taste. Was great and this beautiful smelling…
August 2015 – My 40’s !
It happened – I’m 40 and I like it. My girlfriend Marlena gave a balloon trip which was very nice! More pictures you can find in Events section.
August 2015 – Palace of Culture & Science
The building itself is 237 meters high and is the highest Polish building. On one of the floors has a nice swimming pool and terrace with an impressive view on capital of Poland. The building was a friend’s gift from the eastern border. Not so much liked by Polish.
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