Old 09-07-2013   #81
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Love that print, btw.
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Old 09-07-2013   #82
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I finally got down to learning the art of the darkroom prints and I am hooked!

This set was on Ilford's 8x10 Glossy, and done on my 4-5 lesson.
I find that I learn much more after printing, as I realise the little details that make photography more complete.
  1. Shooting with filters add much more depth in tones
  2. After you develop 120mm film, 35mm doesn't give you much 'kick'
  3. The more test strips you do at different 'zones' the more accurate your print will be, saving you paper
  4. Print big coz its FUN!
Absolutely love these.
Keep posting, there is never just a single way to print, is there?
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These are beautiful prints.

How are you guys getting them posted here? Photographing the print with a camera? Or scanning the print?

Anyway, it makes me want to do some of my own.
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These are beautiful prints.

How are you guys getting them posted here? Photographing the print with a camera? Or scanning the print?

Anyway, it makes me want to do some of my own.
Smartphone cameras, regular office-grade all-in-one scanners, whatever is at hand.

Looking forward to see your prints here, Dan.
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You can see my last copy in this video, recorded at my darkroom.

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What a nice video.
The print is lush and interesting also.

(I also like your easel with that rotating knob for precise movements)
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Fomaspeed RC paper, from a 6x6 frame of TMX. Split grade, dodge and burned


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You can see my last copy in this video, recorded at my darkroom.

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Beautiful video! Good luck with your exhibition.
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Fomaspeed RC paper, from a 6x6 frame of TMX. Split grade, dodge and burned


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Eirik, so beautiful !
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My first two direct positive prints, shot using a Diana F+ on Harmon Direct Positive paper and developed for 1min each in Diafine A and B then fixed. (Waiting on proper paper developer to arrive.)

I was pleased with the results considering I had never done it before since I was a teen and had a small darkroom and enlarger.


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This one I had to stand totally still for 3 minutes and it was not easy. And I still underexposed it.
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This one I had to stand totally still for 3 minutes and it was not easy. And I still underexposed it.
Love the above shot, Al.
For 3-min's portraits I recommend sitting down and that contraption that they use in the 19th century to keep the head still.
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Fomaspeed RC paper, from a 6x6 frame of TMX. Split grade, dodge and burned
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Some Lith enlargements from my Iran expedition film material:


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Its been 5-6 weeks away from the Darkroom, and the only solution was to print 22 sheets over the 9hr spent in the Cave.
Its ironic that I actually scanned these prints to showcase them here. The irony of printing!

Ilford Pearl RC 8x10, via Delta 100 35mm


Ilford RC Pearl 8x10, Ilford PanF50. This is a splendid film. I absolutely love the contrast it provides.
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hi benji, i like the first image a lot. it has the look of the past that i so often seek in the darkroom. the person´s great, too, very present....
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hi benji, i like the first image a lot. it has the look of the past that i so often seek in the darkroom. the person´s great, too, very present....
Thank you
I guess the film plays a role in creating that 'effect'. Or maybe its the quality of the light in the shot. Share your stuff here too!
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I haven't posted a photo here until now, my V750 scanner is down, and I've been busy getting my own darkroom up and running. The darkroom is complete and this is a recent print that I took a photo of with my iPhone.

As soon as I figure out dilution and times, I intend to selenium tone it.

Xpan, 45/4, HP5, EI 400, DD-X 1+4, 9 min., 20c., Ilford Multigrade IV FB Matt 12"x16", Multigrade developer, Grade 3 filter.
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wow, those are beauties, thomas!
Thanks. Actually the fourth one is on ADOX MCC; it took ages to develop.
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One from my very first prints. Printed for first time yesterday. I realised I'm missing MG filters.



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Ilford Art paper, 300gsm 12 X 16.
Snapped from the iPhone for convenience
This is my first try with the paper, and I must say its really tough to work with coming from RC paper. But the feel of this paper is...awesome.

Its thick, and really feels robust in your hands, till you wet it!

Timings are extended, about 90sec for most portions, and required up to 360sec in total, depending on how many 'sectors' I got.

A little on the warm tone, but really nice with portraits.




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THe 3 of them look very very nice! I bought the same paper myself but haven't tried it yet
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Here's a 5x4 shot on Ilford Multigrade IV RC which was a trcky one to print. You can read about it here.


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THe 3 of them look very very nice! I bought the same paper myself but haven't tried it yet
Thanks!
I had a shock when I first took out the paper as I could not feel which side the emulsion was on! I took 3 small test strips to get it right. Then I picked up a simple trick to identify it....

Wet a finger-tip and stroke it across the edge of the paper. The emulsion side will feel slimy.

@Koolza....wow! That shot really has plenty of dodge and burn to do!
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Thanks!
I had a shock when I first took out the paper as I could not feel which side the emulsion was on! I took 3 small test strips to get it right. Then I picked up a simple trick to identify it....

Wet a finger-tip and stroke it across the edge of the paper. The emulsion side will feel slimy.

@Koolza....wow! That shot really has plenty of dodge and burn to do!
It was a bit of a bugger to print but 5x4 (or 4x5) makes it much easier. I've only been using large format for a wee while but it's getting to the stage already where I don't want to use anything else.
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a dead fox for the shadowfox:



at the hairdresser´s. i love the bokeh (summicron 50 rigid):

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Uber cool!
No one ever gave me a dead fox print before, let alone a raw, contrasty, darkroom print.

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Another 5x4 shot - Tmax 100 developed in Spur NHC (high contrast dev). NHC gave the negative some punch on what was a dull, low contrast type of day. This scene was in shadow but there is good separation of tones. The sky was a little dense but not too bad. Printed on Ilford Multigrade IV RC and developed in Spur Straight Black. I scanned the print and gave the highlights a slight warm tone in Lightroom. Full story here.


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Here's a 5x4 shot on Ilford Multigrade IV RC which was a trcky one to print. You can read about it here.


That is an excellent print, great skill. I am back to darkroom again and really enjoy it, but contrast, exposure control are big challenges for me so far. I do some basic burning/dodging, but it s soooo time consuming to do it in a proper way...
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i must say that i have a deep admiration for you fine printers out there. while i understand what you´re doing in the darkroom, i would never have the spare energy to spend a couple of hours with one print, i´m more of a straight printer, supported by my wonderful heiland machine.
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Excellent. I am with you. Not sure I understand the point about shooting frames wider though? Do you mean use a WA lens for printing or taking?
Thanks!

Ha! Apologies for being unclear. I meant that its always better to frame your composition wider during shots, so that in print, a little cropping does no harm to the overall composition. This is especially so for portraits/head-shots, environmental portraits.
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The first two shots was with the Nikon 105/2.8 Micro and the Nikon F100. The landscape shot was with the M2 + Zeiss 50/1.5.
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Here's something a bit different. Last night I got a hankering to try making waxed, laser-printed paper negatives from digital files, to be contact printed onto Ilford RC MG WT paper.

After much experimentation I arrived at a tonal curve that looks pretty good when printed.

This print is from a very clean Lumix G1 file, tonal curve applied in PS, then inverted to a negative and printed onto regular printer paper via B/W laser, then coated with bee's wax to make it translucent. Once the wax cooled I went out to the darkroom and contact printed it.

The granularity of the print is mainly from the laser printer. In person this print looks somewhat like an enlargement of a Tri-X negative developed in Rodinal with a bit too much agitation. But I like the effect, and it's a fun and easy way to get digital files to silver paper.

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My first 8x10. Kentmere RC MG paper. #2 Ilford filter.
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Here's something a bit different. Last night I got a hankering to try making waxed, laser-printed paper negatives from digital files, to be contact printed onto Ilford RC MG WT paper.

After much experimentation I arrived at a tonal curve that looks pretty good when printed.

This print is from a very clean Lumix G1 file, tonal curve applied in PS, then inverted to a negative and printed onto regular printer paper via B/W laser, then coated with bee's wax to make it translucent. Once the wax cooled I went out to the darkroom and contact printed it.

The granularity of the print is mainly from the laser printer. In person this print looks somewhat like an enlargement of a Tri-X negative developed in Rodinal with a bit too much agitation. But I like the effect, and it's a fun and easy way to get digital files to silver paper.

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Great stuff, Joe! I've read about this but not actually seen the result. It looks good to me, a bit like a contact print from an in-camera paper negative. Have you tried doing an inkjet print onto good, glossy paper and contact printing that onto silver gelatine? I'm wondering how that might work.
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Thanks for the feedback. I have not tried doing this with an inkjet printed image because I don't own an inkjet printer. For printing monochrome text documents I much prefer the quality, longevity and low cost of a B/W laser printer. However, for this application, I think an inkjet printed paper negative would be much finer in detail with less artifacts from the printing process.

What I should try doing is finding a better quality paper to print laser upon. There is a heavier gauge (90+ bond weight) laser paper, but I suspect it being thicker would give even more mottling from the internal paper fiber's texture. Or maybe not.

I've done lots of paper negative printing from grade 2 RC paper negatives, and I get a very even quality of print, with very little paper texture showing through, so I know it's possible.

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This sounds like a serious amount of work . Well done!

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Here's something a bit different. Last night I got a hankering to try making waxed, laser-printed paper negatives from digital files, to be contact printed onto Ilford RC MG WT paper.

After much experimentation I arrived at a tonal curve that looks pretty good when printed.

This print is from a very clean Lumix G1 file, tonal curve applied in PS, then inverted to a negative and printed onto regular printer paper via B/W laser, then coated with bee's wax to make it translucent. Once the wax cooled I went out to the darkroom and contact printed it.

The granularity of the print is mainly from the laser printer. In person this print looks somewhat like an enlargement of a Tri-X negative developed in Rodinal with a bit too much agitation. But I like the effect, and it's a fun and easy way to get digital files to silver paper.

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