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Re: Where's Waldo... errrr I mean Christina?

I'll be doing that this weekend! I have three full days free. Neg is printed and ready to expose. I will powder everything but my tushy. My biggest problem is figuring out how to see through the screen to expose the strips in equal increments...

My screen I used to always use was Dan Welden's but I bought the Elizabeth Dove one. It is reallllly nice-more sturdy, etc.

Yes, PDN is as simple as it is complex. If I can teach it to 17 students at once and they all see the value in it (with a couple slackers who don't want to put the time in and pay their dues), that is quite satisfying. We are doing platinum these next two weeks, but even VDB was astonishing in how beautiful it was, especially on Weston paper, when curved right. With gum I had them do uncurved negs first and then curved negs next to compare the difference--same print. That is always a great visual to students when you print an uncurved and curved side by side of the same exact image.

More than all that, it is the beauty of seeing how different materials respond to different colored light--solarplate requiring more of a blue range neg which would not work in many other processes. I'd still love to know the hardening chemical in the plates.

----- Original Message ----- From: "SusanV" <susanvoss3@gmail.com>
To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
Sent: Friday, March 23, 2007 8:09 AM
Subject: Re: Where's Waldo... errrr I mean Christina?

Hi Chris,

Have you come to any conclusions about the ratio of screen and
positive exposure times?

And also... what screen are you using now... I've lost track of that
in all this gravure madness :o)

I've been knee deep in PDN the past couple of weeks, and have
certainly learned a ton about curves. Before this I knew nothing,
zilch, nada. I was lost. This is my first venture into digital negs
and alt process stuff. PDN was challenging in the beginning because
of that... I had SO much to learn all at once, but basically if you
can read and spell I.Q., you can do it. I have some beautiful smooth
tones now that I couldn't get before, so I'm thrilled!


On 3/20/07, Christina Z. Anderson <zphoto@montana.net> wrote:
.......But anyway, back to solarplate--last night I printed out some
step tablets
(6) and am going to expose them to different ratios of screen and positive
to see how the scale changes up and down the tonal range. I have been using
2mn/45sec ratio on KM73 that works well for me with UVBL--rich darks and
detail in highlights, so I may end up sticking with that after all and
making a curve based on that, but I did want to continue to understand the
dynamics of the ratio.

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