Surf-Rider I – Cyanotype series

Surf-Rider l (San Clemente, #100005) copyright 2017 Douglas Stockdale –

We just returned from a short vacation in which my son was married on the bluffs in Bandon (OR) overlooking the Pacific Ocean. More about that in another post, but while on this trip, I had been ‘pre-visualizing’ my first Cyanotype print using a digital negative. Before this trip, I had made my first botanical contact Cyanotype print and although it’s pretty cool, I could foresee working more with contact prints and digital negatives, such as this one, above.

So I am on the rapid learning curve making Cyanotypes! For the young boy surfing off San Clemente, above, my first attempt ended up looking pretty flat as his wet suit really blended into the background water of the breaking wave. This is the second version of the digital negative after I tweaked the black and white conversion to increase the lightness of his wetsuit to allow it to have a lot more contrast with the background water. Which I think was pretty successful, as results in this surf-rider is not being visually lost within the resulting Cyanotype print.

At the moment, I anticipate making at least a half dozen Cyanotypes of a series of surfers who I had photographed off the San Clement pier, from which provides enough height to create more context for the surf-riders, the ocean-scape and adjacent beach landscape.

What has intrigued me is the investigation of this Cyanotype process with this series of ocean seascapes; various shades of blue.

Print: 8 x 10″ image on a 11 x 14″ sheet of 100lb hot-press watercolor rag, unique image. Let me know if you are interested in this print and we can work out the details.

Cheers & make every day an Earth Day



 The Flow of Light Brushes the Shadow, an artist book from Singular Images Press, Fall 2022 release, $60.00 (CA sales tax for those residing in the USA) plus shipping expenses. Message me or singularimagespress@gmail for shipping details and PayPal invoice.

Note: The Artist Special Edition (book + extra print) is Sold Out

Book workshop:

New Workshop dates! Southeast Center for Photography (SEC4P): Creative PhotoBook workshop, a virtual event on Zoom; February 25, 26 & March 4 & 5th 2023; from 10am – 1 pm, EST (3 hour session each day, with a week between the weekend sessions to work your book-dummy). 

Southeast Center for Photography (SEC4P): Creative PhotoBook workshop (Sold Out), a virtual event on Zoom; November 5 & 6 and 12 & 13, 2022, 10am – 1pm, EST (3 hour session each day, with a week between the weekend sessions to work your book-dummy).


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