Induced Halation

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by arthur_gottschalk, Dec 11, 2020.

  1. I saw some fashion photography some time ago (Paolo Roversi?) that featured what appeared to be halation in the background trees and elsewhere. I thought it was very beautiful. I wonder if anyone know how that effect might be created?
  2. Roversi often uses light painting & blur.
    btw did you ever try IR arthur?
    1. Any chance it could have been an IR film image? A good part of their characteristic look comes from the fact that IR films don't have an anti-halation coating.
      Kodak High Speed Infrared Film or
      Tom M

      tom_mann|1, Oct 21, 2011Report

    2. arthur_gottschalk
      Yikes! Tom, you may be right. Could easily have been infrared. I wonder what it would look like without using the red filter-- would you still get the halation effect?
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2020
  3. That must have been another Arthur Gottschalk. No wait, now I remember. Thanks.
  4. Do you have an example from Roversi or other ?
  5. All of the effects (in online examples) look as if they've been created in printing, not in camera.

    Some have a halo shadow from placing the subject close to a hand-painted backdrop.

    Film halation? I see none.
  6. Paolo Roversi
    Until the well dried up he often used large format polaroids, some real classics. Aside from that his creative lighting techniques can be quite unique. Without seeing an example of what arthur has in mind it is hard to say if in fact it is halation that he remembers.

    Last edited: Dec 15, 2020
  7. That light-painting technique makes sense. Easy enough to do today with powerful LED flashlights.

    It also explains the partial blur, where the model didn't hold the pose.

    I have some shots of part-wilted flowers somewhere that I lit by light-painting. It did give a 'soft-yet-hard' appearance that's difficult to define.
  8. Some legacy lenses produce Halation when shot wide open ?
  9. Can't remember when or where I saw these pictures, but it was a while ago. . They were fashion shots outdoors and showed a sort of lacy, fringing effect in B&W.
  10. If there is still some around get a few rolls of PolyPan F. It has no antihalation backing. Particularly unsuited to new cameras with highly polished film presure plates.
    I dedicated a FED2 to this film by putting roll film paper over the plate and it works fine.

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