On the upside, I just finished coating, exposing, and developing an image on a piece of 16x20 [new] batch I have, and it turned out fine. That's one sample-- but better news than what I had been experiencing . . . On this one particular piece, I noticed no beading and no graininess. And the image is from a toy camera negative-- so certainly not the most perfect negative in the world, and it really turned out very nice. So maybe this is a good sign?|
On Apr 24, 2008, at 4:19 PM, Sandy King wrote:
Well, this news really stinks.
I guess it is like Dick Arentz says, any change in papers is always for the worse when it comes to pt/pd printing.
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I also noticed the graininess-especially in the pure blacks. It was more pronounced where the coating was thinner along the edges of the paper.
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In a message dated 4/24/08 1:28:48 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Yes, I was just printing with some COT320 paper last week, and I wondered if they-- like everybody else-- had somehow changed the make-up of the paper. I usually order it from 2 different places-- depending on who has it-- although it should all originate from the same central place (right?)-- but, yes, I did notice a difference. I have some bigger paper that I haven't opened and was going to try that today to see if there was a difference. I was using a batch of 11x14 before. I had to keep brushing over the same spots to get over the beading/ I also noticed that I was getting this grainy look which I had never before seen with that paper. I switched to a brand new brush, a brand new tray, and I even made up some new developer-- wondering if one or the other had been contaminated in some way. I was also using negatives I'd used before-- with no problem-- and still, I got this graininess. I'm hoping that doesn't happen with this different size-- and was thinking I just got bad batch or something-- who knows. I do wish paper/film manufacturers would simply leave a good thing alone. Too much to ask, I guess.
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