Sunday, October 16, 2011

Solarization of New55

A lot of people have asked me about the solarization of New55. Some want it, others don't. Can we control it? Yes, and here is a good example of controlled solarization. Notice the skin values are not affected yet the entire Byron camera is apparently reversed! How is this possible?

Actually it is quite easy to control. Meter and light the exposure of the reversed area one to two stops below the lowest value of the non-solarized image. Process for 2 minutes and peel in moderate light before placing the negative in the fixer to remove the goo. This is the result. All kinds of fun artistic effects can be achieved, and they are startling sometimes, as the effect appears to have delineated itself, almost like magic. Maybe it is.

This is the negative side of New55 PN. The positive side does not solarize.

May 2016 update: you can buy this film here


Bimo said...

Oh, very interesting thing !
It's a kind of zone-system solarization, great !

Bob Crowley said...

Yes, sort of. Notice we didn't have a hair light on the full body image, so the top of the head reversed. There are also some shadows that solarized after peeling. With careful lighting, it can be highly selective.

Peter said...

I like the effect. At art college the teacher explained how he did similar effects with the type 55. To artist this has to be a bonus.

Jeannette Palsa said...

Am so ready to be able to purchase this film as soon as it is possible!

Anonymous said...

This is unbelievable.

Zoe Wiseman said...

solarization ... must must must!!! yayaya! :)

this is exciting.