I bought the Fomabrom in part because of the positive comments and also the semi-matte/velvet might make it good for hand coloring. So today I set out to try out this new paper. I have learned not to assume that papers will be the same. For instance Ilford Warmtone emulsion has a much slower low constrast emulsion than the cooltone version. So I cut down the 12x16 into 2x 8x10s and turned the remaining strip into test strips.
The print I started with is one of my brother's which he took in Santa Fe New Mexico during the Fiesta de Santa Fe which celebrates the reoccupation of Santa Fe by Don Diego de Vargas after an Indian revolt had ousted the Spanish Conquistadors in 1692. It is celebrated every autumn since then with a parade. My brother took a few pictures of the participants of the parade who dress as they would have in the 1600's in New Mexico.
Here is the finished print.
|Fiesta de Santa Fe Children (Glenn Morse)|
f11 #5 32 sec Fomabrom Var 123 8x10 Selenium toned 1+19.
Getting here was a little more difficult than I expected. I ran the normal split filter test strips. I chose f8 as an intermediate value.
|Test Strip1 f8 #00|
|Test Strip1 f8 #5|
|Test Strip2 f4.5 #5|
|Test Strip2 f4.5 #00|
|Test Strip3 f4.5 #5 Foma|
|Test Strip3 f4.5 #5 MGIV|
|Confirming Test Strip f4.5 #5|
|Test Strip4 f8 #00|
|Test Strip4 f8 #5|
So a lesson learned. I next made a 12x16 print on the same paper at twice the exposure (64 seconds) which turned out very well. I do like the paper. Slightly warm with deep blacks.