Category Archives: Alternative Process

Organic Hand Toning – Coffee, Tea, and Red Wine

Welcome to Black Rain Gallery 2.5

Organic Hand Toning… Coffee, Tea, and Red Wine

Organic Hand toning is a vary simple way of toning  the “toning” is really just staining the print. So while the staining does last for several years, it will not protect your print from the eventual effects of decay.

The Heron - by Ken Hill Hand toned in coffee


Orchid - by Ken Hill hand toned in tea

 Red wine

Toning with red wine is quite simple. Simply uncork a bottle of cheap red wine and pour into a tray. one 750 ml bottle will suffice in an 8×10″ tray. Pre-soaking your print in a tray of clean water helps soften and open the fibers of a fiber-based paper, which will shorten the time needed in the wine and lets the wine absorb evenly. Anywhere from two to ten minutes will do. Put the  print into the wine. Start by checking every minute or two until you get the desired color.  rinsing the wine off in cool running water. Allow the print to dry overnight.

Coffee & tea

 Both coffee and tea are also simple materials with which to tone. And give a light tan to a almost sepia color. Simply brew coffee and allow to cool, then pour into a tray. With tea,  use about 6 tea bags of Black Tea per liter. And Once again pre-soaking the print in clean water.  Look at your print every couple of minutes until you get the right tone. A short time in tea or coffee will give you a light, color, while extending the time will give a deeper colour

Gear Samsung NX-10

The samsung NX-10 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens digital camera (  14.6 Megapixels )  with Dust Reduction technology

Samsung NX-10

The NX10 incorporates a fast and decisive auto focus (AF), 14.6 MP APS-C size CMOS sensor and unique, large 3.0” AMOLED screen, allowing users to easily view their images, even in bright sunlight. Users can also record in HD movie to create short videos. Available in two colors, Black and Silver, the Samsung NX10 is small, light and well designed for everyday use. The Lens range can be expanded with a K-mount adapter ( MA9NXK ) giving the user access to the full range of Pentax Lenses

Type –  Mirrorless interchangeable Lens camera

Sensor-   14.6 megapixels CMOS, APS-C

Lens mount-  NX mount  (interchangeable )

Storage-   SD, SDHC

Focus modes-   Autofocus & Manual

Formats-   JPEG & RAW



Paper Negatives

Welcome to Black Rain Gallery 2.4

Paper Negatives

A great alternative process for use with a large format camera such as a 4×5 or a pinhole camera, but it can also be done with a 35mm or even with digital equipment. The paper negative process involves, using photographic printing paper as a negative instead of film. the results have a unique textural appearance, most noteably a strong grainy appearance. ( the fibers in the paper )

The paper negative is an extremely versatile process that allows all manner of reworking and retouching of an image, and is the perfect medium to bridge the gap between photographer and artist. Because paper is much slower than film Paper negatives do require  longer exposures than “normal” photography. The process for printing a paper negative is essentially a contact printing process. To develop the paper negative follow the same process you would for a print just exposed in the darkroom – all the way through to the water bath. At this point you can dry the negative
Retouching the image is simply a matter of adding density to the back of the print, using a soft pencil such as a 4B,  or a charcoal stick. Because the marks are on the back of the paper, they are not clearly visible on the contact print.


Cable Release 

Threaded cable release ( Nikon )

A cable release is an attachment that screws into a shutter release, allowing you to trip the shutter mechanically while not touching the camera – to reduce camera shake or to operate the camera from a distance. A cable release is useful for long exposures in dim lighting, portrait photography and close- up work

Most cable releases consist of a flexible tube. with a steel cable running through the tube, with a press-button at one end and a piston to press the release at the camera end. Most have a lock, to hold the shutter open for long time-exposures and to make sure that the sutter is not tripped accidentaly

The cable release has largely been replaced by “wireless” electronic remote releases in modern DLSRs