26 January 2009

Black on white

Some lake-effect snow coming down this morning while the sun did its best to reach us. I've always liked the way that falling snow looks black against the sky. Not sure you'll be able to see it in this shot (unless you click on the picture for a closer look).

Thought I'd try turning the image into a negative to see if I could turn the snow white again:

I'm not sure that the snow is any easier to see, but I really like the effect made by the outlines of the trees. It reminds me of the early 'photogenic drawing process' images developed by William Fox Talbot in the 1830s (for an example see the lovely image of fern leaves in an online De Montfort University exhibit about the man). Will have to play with this option some more, I think...

3 comments:

VP said...

Oh what a coincidence! We were at Lacock yesterday where Fox Talbot lived and there's now a museum. Later on this year I plan on buying some 'sun paper' so I can have a go at the process he originally developed.

I like your negative shot and can just see the snow without enlarging the photo :)

Amanda said...

LOL - wouldn't expect the intersection between the group of people who read this blog and the group of people who visited Lacock Abbey yesterday to be greater than 0!

I've been experimenting with making photogenic drawings (the high-tech way) and as soon as Blogger gets its act together and lets me upload it, I'll share the results...

Lindab said...

How lovely. The black sun is the final touch.