[alt-photo] Re: new cyanotype and paper question
zphoto at montana.net
zphoto at montana.net
Sat Mar 10 17:35:36 GMT 2012
This is EXACTLY my experience, and with that paper. I have been
testing, as you know, about 20-30 papers with cyano and then argyro
and then pt/pd.
The Arches Hot Press did that pink/beige thing. Pinkish when wet, then
dried to tan. It was different than what I saw on Buxton not clearing,
which was yellow. I solved the Buxton issue with citric acid in my
water, several TB in a couple liters. I did not solve the Arches
problem. It dried ugly pale tan.
I have a picture of Aquarelle, another paper, here:
It is a standardized test of 15 minutes, way over what Ware's requires
(trying to compare 15mn Ware's vs. Traditional) and so my guess is,
though I have not yet gone back and tried it, that the tan could
disappear with a shorter exposure but maybe not. If it doesn't
disappear with shorter exposure or fresher mix, I will cross that
paper off as suitable.
Did you buy Ware's cyanotype already mixed from Fotospeed or mix your
own? I have found a difference between the Fotospeed premixed and my
own mix. It could be the Fotospeed is old. But if you are using your
homemade brew then all bets are off. I have not gone back to using my
homemade on every paper yet to see if the tan problem is the premixed
stuff's problem or the paper problem.
On Friday 03/09/2012 at 4:07 pm, Dianna Rust wrote:
> Dear List
> I know this seems to have come up a lot , especially recently, but I
> don't recall seeing any mention of using Arches Hot Press, natural
> white, 140 lbs.
> I am working with Mike Ware's new cyanotype using Arches Hot Press.
> I have been concerned that my highlights are a little pink/beige -
> maybe a shade darker than the paper base, which is certainly far from
> bright white. I like the way the images look - especially compared
> with either Buxton (fast but very contrasty) or Platine (just too much
> blue all over), but wonder if there is a problem with clearing and
> whether the photographs may be fugitive/will deteriorate at some
> point. I use a drop or two of citric acid in the emulsion, mixed in
> just before using it, and I wash my prints, gently, for 20 minutes
> (well water - no chlorine).
> Previously, I had been using Fabriano Aristico and had been very
> pleased with it, till I switched to a new batch of paper. I realized
> that the old paper was at least 15 years old! and the new sheets just
> didn't produce the same or consistent results.
> Does anyone have any advice to offer on this, please?
> With apologies for causing repetitions!
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