[alt-photo] Re: back to the flaking/speckling question
juliansmart at virginmedia.com
Mon Nov 21 20:49:25 GMT 2011
Hi Paul, perhaps I should have phrased my question slightly differently.
I know all the variables relating to pigment concentration in the mix. What
I don't understand is how you quantify a ratio. I personally just squeeze
out a worm of pigment onto a saucer, then add 5ml of gum. The amount I
squeeze out is usually down to experience and will vary according to the
exact pigment and the contrast I am after. The ratio of pigment in the gum
emulsion will therefore vary but there is always 5ml of gum in there.
In order to have a quantifiable pigment/gum ratio, one would have to weigh
the pigment out and then assign a "strength" value to the mix. This would be
easy to do if one were to mix up an entire tube of pigment with gum, as a
stock solution- I know a lot of printers do just this, especially those
practicing 4 colour gums as the necessary consistency would be there.
Perhaps this is what you do?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Viapiano" <viapiano at pacbell.net>
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Subject: [alt-photo] Re: back to the flaking/speckling question
> Well, it depends on how much saturation you're looking for vs flaking
> problems vs the number of layers you anticipate putting down...for
> tricolors I have a specific ratio I like for *my* methods and *my*
> negatives. It'll be different for everyone...for single neg multi layer
> gums I experiment a lot, but since I've put the time in to learn the
> process and kept really good notes along the way, I'm able to have more
> I don't like to use water in my mixture, so I look at the gum/pigment
> ratio as a way to control the saturation, and realize that once developed,
> gum will tend to look less saturated than you expect. Of course, your
> dichromate ratio willl have a say in that as well...
> It took me a year of solid printing to nail all my variables down, or at
> least understand them a lot better and have a more reasonable expectation
> of the outcome, or at least how to push the print in a certain direction.
> But then, gum isn't usually about control...which can be it's charm.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Julian Smart" <juliansmart at virginmedia.com>
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> Subject: [alt-photo] Re: back to the flaking/speckling question
>> This has been puzzling me since the first posting in this thread. Forgive
>> me for my ignorance but how do you arrive at a gum/pigment ratio?
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Paul Viapiano" <viapiano at pacbell.net>
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>> Sent: Monday, November 21, 2011 5:47 PM
>> Subject: [alt-photo] Re: back to the flaking/speckling question
>>> What's your gum/pigment ratio on the affected print?
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