Selenium Toning

Selenium toning is a process developed in the 1800s to tint prints in the darkroom. Wikipedia says “Selenium toning is a popular archival toning process, converting metallic silver to silver selenide. In a diluted toning solution, selenium toning gives a red-brown tone, while a strong solution gives a purple-brown tone.”

This image of Laurel Hervert was taken in Tucson, Arizona during the second annual Kelby Photowalk which I used to lead. The bluish selenium tone was added using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2:

Laurel Hervert along the route of the second Kelby Photowalk, July 18, 2009.

Laurel Hervert along the route of the second Kelby Photowalk, July 18, 2009.

This is perhaps my favorite of all the toning possibilities out there. As you can see, it is definitely not red-brown, but has more of the purple-brown hues.