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Re: My first platinum-palladium over gold leaf prints

Hey Mark,

Darn! I just tried shining a strong construction light through some of the gold leaf and, you're right, the transmitted light has an eerie cyan shade. Who'd a thunk it?! The only side effect was the unexpected appearance of spirits from the past. Best to use the gold with reflected light me thinks; Edward Curtis isn't much of a guest as it turns out. ;^)

Thanks for the intriguing sidebar.



On Feb 15, 2008, at 8:22 AM, Mark MacKenzie wrote:

Another thing, Dan have you transilluminated your gilded print with a very strong light in a darkened room yet? Gold leaf when transilluminated by a strong light (how strong, I don't know, haven't tried it) first absorbs the light energy, passes it through itself in some other form and then re-emits it on the other side in a monochromatic green color known as "atomic light". As far as I am aware it is the only instance of such a reaction. Perhaps the standard leaf may be too thick for this but you never know. If you try it let me know what the overall effect is, it might be rather interesting.