David Bauman Photography

 

 

About the Photographs

Most of the photographs within this site are color and shot with Minolta, Olympus, and Nikon 35mm cameras. Kodachrome has always been my film of choice for several reasons: sharpness, brightness of color, color saturation through underexposure, and its archival properties. And when Kodachrome didn't have enough color, I resorted to the following films and processes.

"The Process"

The process was originally developed by Walt Allen, a professor at Ohio University.  It was based on the E-3 process with an additional B&W developer and bleach that would process color slide film into a negative in order to enhance its colors. The entire process usually took about 50 minutes to complete.  While a student at Ohio University, Rick McKee started experimenting with this process and was substituting the color slide film with Kodak color infrared film. The results were bright, bold colors especially in the negative areas. Some of his results were so striking that the process became known as "The Process."  I tried to duplicate Rick's results but could not consistently get the beautiful colors. I remedied this by re-exposing the film (Sabatier effect) during the first development process with a small electronic flash covered with a colored gel filter. Because the film was wet during this re-exposure, some of the water drops on the film became part of the final image.

Olympus

Bell Building

Wild

Color Infrared Film

The photos that have the deep cyan and magenta colors are the result of combining green and yellow wratten filters over the lens. I found that the brightest colors were achieved under full sun in the early afternoon during the months of June and July. I also achieved beautiful muted cyan and magenta colors with the same filtration on overcast or rainy day. Usually, the only other filter I would use with color Infrared film was a glass polarizer. Combinations of the polarizing filter with variations of the green and yellow wratten filters would usually bring out red, yellow, and brown colors. I found these colors desirable for my nature photography.

Telegraph Swamp

Mill Creek Pargk Gorge

Old Boat Docks

Most of my photography was with 35mm format cameras. Striving for quality of technique and sharpness of image I always had my camera on a tripod with the mirror locked-up, a polarizing filter over the lens, and an f-stop of 16 or higher. I also began practicing the art of "pre-visualization." This allows the photographer to see the desired image as an end result and then apply learned technical aspects of the photographic process to achieve the pre-visualized image. I often thought of myself as a surviving member of "Group f64".

Graphics

Many of the graphic images are contact prints from slides using color print film. Colors were enhanced by adding the sabatier effect during the developer stage of this C-22 process. To make the color outline within the image, I would create line drawings from the slides and sandwich these with the originals before making the print. The sabatier effect would put color into these lines, depending on color filtration.

Youngstown Businessman

Youngstown Clown

Ohio State University Band Conductor

Posterizations

The posterizations are standard 4 color separations. The separations were made in an enlarger by projecting the 35mm slide onto 8"x 10" high contrast films. These films were then put in register with each other and exposed onto a single frame of 35 mm film with specific colors. (4 exposures per posterized image)

Munich Olymic Stadium

Henry Moore Touch
Paris, France

Silver Bridge - Mill Creek Park

B&W Negatives Digitally Colorized

The images below started out as B&W negatives scanned into the computer. Tonal separation, masking, and line drawing concepts from the old dark room days were used to to add color.

Mill Creek Park - Old Boat Docks

Shooting in Mill Creek Park

Mill Creek Park - Newport Lake Drive

Effects

I've always loved this effect: Use two slide projectors and run a 2 minute dissolve between a normal slide and an infra-red slide. As long as the two images are in perfect registration, the effect is phenomenal. A rollover will have to do for the web.

Mill Creek Park, Youngstown - Gorge

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