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RE: Selenium-toning Van Dyke Brown prints

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Yes it looks like what I get (even if Joe's trials were made on ecru paper - mine were done on white paper). My highlights were consisting of yellow tones while shadows brown / cool brown tones...
-----Original Message-----
From: david drake [mailto:daviddrakephoto@sympatico.ca]
Sent: 25 Eylül 2006 Pazartesi 22:56
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: Re: Selenium-toning Van Dyke Brown prints


I've also been experimenting with different toners and VDB printing. KRST was next on the list. It was on Joe Smigeil toning tests that I first came across the idea and was taken with the colour he was getting:

He tones at 1+500 which might make a difference. Also, the jpg colour is obviously not accurate. 
Loris and Camden, do Joe's tests come anywhere near your experiences?

david drake

On 25-Sep-06, at 3:22 PM, Loris Medici wrote:

Camden, add me to the list... I absolutely didn't like the (yellowish) color
I got from Selenium toned (1:200) Vandykes. I prefer better the original
unaltered color OR the color I get after gold/thiourea toning.


-----Original Message-----
From: Camden Hardy [mailto:camden@hardyphotography.net] 
Sent: 25 Eylül 2006 Pazartesi 18:42
Subject: Re: Selenium-toning Van Dyke Brown prints


I've toned VDBs in Kodak's Selenium before, and I was actually quite
disappointed.  I guess I just prefer the untoned colors for my VDB prints.

Camden Hardy


On Mon, September 25, 2006 9:06 am, Jordan Wosnick wrote:

Hi everyone,

I would be interested in hearing from people who selenium-tone their 
VDB prints.

I was prepared to be disappointed when I tried it (based on Wynn 
White's article on Unblinkingeye and posts on APUG) but was actually 
quite pleased. I used a tiny amount of Kodak Rapid Selenium Toner 
(literally a few drops in a tray of water) and toned after fixing. The 
colour change began almost immediately and eliminated the somewhat 
sickly reddish-brown of the VDB, pushing it much closer to a warm 

Based on what I had read, I was expecting a huge amount of image 
reduction, but I didn't see much at all.

Anyone else tone their VDBs in KRST?




Jordan Wosnick

david drake photography