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Handcoloring with Dyes
a   Start with a fully processed (with non-hardening fixer), dried and flattened B&W fiber paper photograph.

a) First, color the sky. With successive layers of dilute color, slowly build up the desired density, pushing the color up to but not beyond the ground details. In this image, I then painted each leaf and flower with dilute Primary Yellow to capture light shining from behind.

b) The detail visible under a binocular microscope.

c) Second, color the most important, clear details in the print. Successively, go back over these details, discovering others with each pass, slowly building up color as you simultaneously develop the image’s story.

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