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Reflecting on reflections-Selenium dip.

I noted this scene the other evening while walking by the Dublin Bus Conyngham Road bus depot.

Historically this facility was a tram depot for the Dublin & Lucan tramway.

What caught my eye were the reflections in the bus windows that make for array of abstract patterns.

An impressive line-up of road vehicles at the old Conyngham Road Depot in Dublin. The premises of the Irish Railway Record Society is located just beyond the buses on the south side of the River Liffey near Heuston Station.
An impressive line-up of road vehicles at the old Conyngham Road Depot in Dublin. The premises of the Irish Railway Record Society is located just beyond the buses on the south side of the River Liffey near Heuston Station.

I exposed this view on Ilford HP5 using my Nikon F3 with an f2.0 135mm lens. My processing was a bit complicated. After a three minute water bath with a very small amount of HC110 to start the processing, I used a dilute developer solution (HC110 1 to 64 with water) at 68 degrees F for 4 minutes.

After a full fix, hypoclear, and wash cycle, I then toned the negatives in selenium at a ratio of 1 to 9 with water for 8.5 minutes with regular agitation. (Please note: selenium solution is poisonous and exceptional care should be considered when working with it.)

The effect of the selenium toning is to accentuate the brightest highlights which produces a silvery glow. A secondary effect is greater longevity: the selenium solution produces an ion exchange with a portion of the silver in the film and selenium offers great stability long term.

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Real Photo of Photo Collage of Trams on the side of a Bus—Dublin, September 2016.

 

I’m serious.

An historic photo of trams on O’Connell Street has been displayed on the side of a tour bus that’s on for the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin.

Also, a more modern image of a tram is part of the collage of images.

My view is an abstraction. I exposed this using a Nikon F3 with 50mm Nikkor lens on Ilford FP4 (35mm black & white film).

I processed it in Kodak HC110 using ‘dilution B’ (1:32 stock to water), stop, fix, wash dry (with various intermediate steps). Then scanned with an Epson V500 flatbed scanner for presentation here.

Dublin Bus on O’Connell Street in Dublin in September 2016. The tour bus is decorated with a collage of historic and modern images of Dublin trams.
Dublin Bus on O’Connell Street in Dublin in September 2016. The tour bus is decorated with a collage of historic and modern images of Dublin trams.

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