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Re: Pinhole gums

Well, just between you and me :--) I wouldn't have gone to so much
trouble if I hadn't believed that the thumbnail for the series was a
tricolor gum print. I really wanted to see it in a bigger size; I
loved the rich color in combination with the very subtle shadings.
I was really quite disappointed to find in the end that that was the
original photograph not the tricolor gum print, which was quite
different in character. There was another set where the tricolor
gum was actually quite true to the original, but that wasn't the one
I was most interested in. Always the contrarian....

But as I said, I'm glad I got to see the other recent series as
well. I was quite taken with the CMY series; whatever you're doing
with those, it's working, is all I can say about that.

I gather the film was a color slide film? I once tried making
pinhole images on color negative film, in a pinhole camera I made
from a 35mm camera body. I found I couldn't make decent color
separations from them for gum printing, because the pinhole exposure
seemed to introduce color noise on the film that was exacerbated by
my 35mm film scanner, which always had a problem with noise anyway,
and I just couldn't get the noise out of the images enough to make a
decent color gum print from it. But this was way back 15 years ago
or so, I don't know if I could do a better job cleaning it up now.
It's lovely to see your smooth rich tones in comparison.

Thanks again for posting those,

On Nov 29, 2008, at 3:17 PM, Marek Matusz wrote:

Now that's dedication.
Maybe it would be easier to download pictures. This way you can
look at them side by side or come back later.
The constant battle of upgrades!

> Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2008 12:30:01 -0800
> From: kthayer@pacifier.com
> Subject: Re: Pinhole gums
> To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
> Wow. :--) Well, first I want you to know what all I went through to
> see these. First, I found a copy of Internet Explorer on my hard
> drive and opened that and gave it the URL. It worked a long long
> time, telling me as it went what it was doing, transferring things
> from one place to another and so forth, but when it said it was
> all it gave me was a blank page. This blank page was blue, and it
> didn't have the tabs at the top, like for Marek's gallery, so I
> couldn't even see the one thumbnail for each series, as I can with
> Safari.
> Then I went and downloaded Firefox. The download took 57 minutes.
> Now, with Firefox, I get blank spots for the thumbnails and can't
> get anything if I click on them, but I do have the Slide Show option
> available to me with this browser, and if I click on that I can
> watch the images going by in the slide show. They are mostly quite
> pixelated at first, but if I let the show go on long enough (20-30
> minutes) they get more better.
> It doesn't seem like this should be so hard.
> Anyway, in spite of all my whining, I'm glad to see these, as
well as
> the last few series you've posted that I haven't been able to see
> before. Maybe some comments in a bit, but first I need to go check
> on a print I've been neglecting while I've been engrossed in this.
> Later,
> Katharine
> On Nov 29, 2008, at 9:38 AM, Marek Matusz wrote:
> > Wow
> > It has been so quiet on the list that I decided to post some
> > pictures printed over the holidays. They are gum prints made from
> > pinhole photographs. I have done the worst thing by posting the
> > originals as well, but maybe it will create some discussion
> > Marek
> > http://picasaweb.google.com/marekmatusz1/
> > TricolorGumBichromatePinholePhotographs#
> >
> >
> >
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