Sunday, January 22, 2012

Too much solarization

After one minute of processing, New55 produced this surreal headshot with surrounding reversal and other oddities. It is amazing, however, that the effect can be so selective and controllable. In fact this was the inspiration for the photograph of the model and camera showing the camera reversed, but the model nearly normal in presentation. That one is in the slide show. I have several of these "too weird" examples that  in retrospect appear to be at least fun to see. On the left is the edge of goop, the limit of reagent spread. Just enough is used to cover the entire area or in this instance, not quite enough. But close.


Anonymous said...


That's some weird, wild, stuff! Forgive me if you've addressed this in the past, but does the solarization present itself in both the negative & the positive?

Very cool effect; Armand Sabatier would be pleased... well ...who knows about that, but surely Man Ray would be!

lawrence, ks

Bob Crowley said...

Hi Chris,

It's just on the negative. If you check out the slide show on flickr, and you are signed in, there is a good example of the model with the mandolin shown twice, once from the negative (with a slight solarization on that one) and once from the positive, no weirdness of that sort visible. You have to sign in to see it because of Flickr's "safe" filter.

The reversal happens after peeling. A long development time of 3' produces no solarization. The Fuji FP3000 negative will solarize too if you peel it in 20 seconds and expose it to light. Reversal and edge effects are amazing. "Sensitivity to initial condition" or something like that has to be responsible for the highly delineated effect around the head, here, or the camera in one of the others in the slide show.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Bob,


Anonymous said...

it looks a lot like old TV from 1950, except a lot more sharp.