Emulating a Calotype

Journey at Home Day 26


Today I had the challenge of creating a photograph to emulate the look of a calotype. A calotype, invented by the British gentleman William Henry Fox Talbot, is an early photographic process. Images were capture onto a salted paper which served as a negative. His was the first process to allow negative-to-positive printing. This calotype, called The Open Door, was taken by Talbot.



This is my image, which I named The Open Door as an homage to Talbot. I had the disadvantage of using a modern color camera. So I had to add blur to simulate the lack of detail in the calotype. I also had to make adjustments to the contrast as well to to come up with a tint that was similar to the tint of the calotype.



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