Maldon

A walk along the promenade on a cold and grey November afternoon. Maldon, one of the oldest recorded towns in Essex, is situated on the Blackwater estuary and is famous for its Sea Salt, Thames Barges at Hythe Quay and The Maldon Mud Race. 

The photographs in this post were all shot on Ilford FP4 at box speed (125) and Ilford HP5 at box speed (400). Developed in Kodak Xtol and Printed on Ilford Multigrade RC Pearl.

The first image I printed is this view of the River Chelmer with tired looking row boats resting on the mud in the foreground and beautiful Thames barges moored to the left.

I produced two test strips. The top was printed in grade 3 and the bottom in grade 4. I preferred the look of the grade 4 and decided to produce a control print at 30 seconds.

The control print came out pretty good but straight away there were a couple of things that I wanted to work on. I felt the sky needed a bit more detail as well as the river bank on the right of the image so I planned to burn this area in on the next print. I also wanted to do something about that reflection in the river to the bottom right of the image.

The image below shows the control print next to the new print with all the necessary dodging & burning achieved. I feel the added detail in the sky and softening of that dark area in the water makes a world of difference!

The Final Print:

The River Chelmer, Maldon. November 2021. 10×7 silver gelatin print

Next up is this Image of the Barge yards next to river.

I took a bit of a chance with this print and was quite lucky that the first print I produced became the final. I made some test strips for the main focus of the image, these work benches, and based on experience, inclination (and frankly a bit of a gamble), I managed to expose the rest of the print without having to produce more tests.

I exposed the whole image for 35 seconds then exposed the upper part of the image (just about the upside down boat) for a further 20 seconds.

The Final Print:

Barge yard, Maldon. November 2021. 10×8 silver gelatin print

The last photograph from this little walk through Maldon is this shot of the statue of Byrhtnoth, an Ealdorman of Essex who led locals to defend the land from viking invaders and died on 11 August 991 at the Battle of Maldon.

The Final Print:

Statue of Byrhtnoth, Maldon. November 2021. 10×8 silver gelatin print

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