Re: RE: Satista question
My favorite paper for this process is COT 320. I use only one pass development. Place enough solution at the edge of the print to cover the whole print in one pass (look at my write up on alternative photography web site http://www.alternativephotography.com/process_satista.html ). The process is messy because silver nitrate will stain everything it comes in contact with. Tray development is another option that you might consider.
In terms of sensitizer concentration, at 40% FOA the sensitizer will frequently crystallize, at 20% it is always smooth. This tendency to crystallize might be paper dependent.
From: Loris Medici <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: RE: Satista question
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 20:01:14 +0200
>OK, I just made my first try:
>10 drops AFO + 1 drop Li2[PdCl4] with 4% AgNO3 developer on Weston
>1. I guess thin papers like Weston aren't suitable for this process;
> they become wavy and this even development difficult.
>2. Quite a lot printout (but not complete); probably because I used
>a lot of Pd..
>3. This paper definitely doesn't like a second development pass - it
> bleeds incredibly in the second past.
>Philippe, not I understand
the point in your warning: one should be
>careful in both development and first wash -> because of possible
>4. Development was uneven.
>5. I like the color and Dmax with the above stated coating solution.
>6. It's a messy process.
>1. Use thick, dimensionally stable papers.
>2. Do the development in just one pass and do it as slow as you can.
> (That is for even development with good Dmax)
>Will share more information as soon as I have time to make another
>----- Quoting myself -----
>Thanks Philippe. But, to what should I pay attention? I plan to use
>Citric Acid as wash water before toning -
that's what I do with my
>Pd, Vandyke and Argyrotype prints...
>From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
>Sent: Monday, March 19, 2007 4:29 PM
>Subject: Re: RE: Satista question
>You need some pd or pt to get image but you can go down to 1 drop pt
>pd for a 8x10 print. First washing after development is very
>>Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 16:13:52 +0200
>>De: Loris Medici <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>Sujet: RE: Satista question
Marek. I'll have to use Pd then, since I have very little
>>(>10ml) Pt solution. If 1 drop of Li2[PdCl4] per 25-30 drops of 20%
>>is enough for a print with good Dmax that's fine for me... (I don't
>> care much about the color right now -> will tone the image with
>>What are the effects of playing with solution strenghts? For
>>instance, can I use 40% AFO for faster printing times? Should I
>>also change the 4% AgNO3 solution strength accordingly? Will using
>>a stronger sensitizer give me better/stronger Dmax? How is Satista
>> Dmax compared to POP (or
>>DOP) Palladium prints? What can you say about the characteristic
>>of the paper? I guess it will need digital negatives with less
>>curves adjustment -> due to lack of print-out...
>>From: Marek Matusz [mailto:email@example.com]
>>Sent: Monday, March 19, 2007 3:44 PM
>>Subject: RE: Satista question
>>I tried omitting platinum form the formula for satista prints and
>>it did not work. No image was formed with exposure times similar
>>to what I
>>have worked for satista process. I do not have my notes handy at
>>the moment, but I can check later of what noble metals I have
>>tried. I vaguely remember tryig palladium and gold as a noble
>>metal sensitizer for the process. Platinum works the best and that
>>is what I mostly use.
>>I'll get back to you later on this. Marek
>>From: Loris Medici <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>Subject: Satista question
>>Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 14:32:44 +0200
>>Hi all, I have a question for Satista printers (Marek M? Philippe
>>I want to try Satista prints for sake of economy -> I have little
>>Pt and Pd on hands (which I can't obtain in Istanbul - have to
>>import; I real PIA with current customs regulations) but I can buy
>>AgNO3 and K[AuCl4] locally - at very low cost... Question is: Do I
>>strictly need any Pt or Pd salt for making Satista prints (I guess
>>they fuction as catalysts rather than image-forming substances)?
>>Can I make good Satista prints w/o using any noble metal salt, by
>>just using Ammonium Iron(III) Oxalate as sensitizer and AgNO3 as
>>Thanks in advance,
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