This weekend we celebrated my friend's son's baptism. I decided to put my rookie darkroom skills to the test and do a print for them. I only had the chance to photograph him once on a short visit while he was sleeping. This photo was a bit tricky. I placed the baby about 2 meters from the window so the light fall off was pretty harsh.
After some test strips I did my first print without any added contrast. It was ok but it didn't have that deep black in the darkest areas and the shadows where a bit dull. So I adjusted the contrast and compensated the exposure and found that the highlights got cut off very quickly. So after several test strips I started to have something to begin with. After some burning and dodging, four hours later, I finally had a print that I was quite pleased with.
- 6s full exposure with 2-3s of dodging on the face
- burning a vignette and darkening the light parts around him. Actually 4 steps: top 10s, right side 3s, left side 7s, bottom right corner 2s
- burning clipped highlight above him
- burning clipped highlight to the left
- 2s burning on the baby's clothes
© 2013 Photography by Joel Foo