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Showing posts from August, 2014

Lumen Prints

Shamelessly following Wolfgang Moersch the Magical German Chemist on Flickr I ran across his recent Lumen print series where he has coaxed some amazing colors from black and white paper. Always up for an experiment I put some of my vintage paper to the task. None are as good as his but still good fun.

I used some Kodak Velox paper. I would guess from the 1960s. These I arranged in a printing frame with various plant samples sandwiched with a sheet of thin Perspex on top. I left these in the sun for 2 hours. It was the waning evening sun after work. I then tried fixing and developing and toning them. The results are below...

This I developed very quickly (about 10 seconds) in Universal PQ developer before fixing. Hawthorne leaf.

This was fixed in Rapid Fixer. Juniper branch. The brown is some residual selenium toner.

Fern fixed in Rapid Fixer.

Another fern, this time toned in selenium 1+3 toner and fixed in Rapid Fixer.

Another juniper sprig fixed in Rapid Fixer.

Negatives from Digital

This is another of those perverse topic of mixing analog and digital in photography. Occasionally I will have a photo that I want to print that is not in the form of a B+W negative. If it is a color negative then that has worked out OK. For instance I have taken this photo as a color negative and printed it with little difficulty.

The negatives I merely printed directly in the enlarger  of Ilford MGIV RC De Luxe Paper.

The result is here...

It becomes more difficult from a positive slide film image. Here an inter-negative must be produced. In this blog entry (Paper Inter-Negative Anza-Borrego) I show one traditional way of achieving a B+W print from a color slide. Clearly this is time consuming but satisfying in the purity of the treatment (all analog).

It is more difficult if you have a photo taken on a digital camera. I have tried tried making a digital negative from my ink-jet printer. This is time consuming in the beginning owing to the need to calibrate your printer gamma. (An ex…