Re: Van Dyke Problems

From: pete ^lt;>
Date: 04/06/04-01:15:32 PM Z
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Well when we hqd some problems at Kingsway College in the late ninty's we
found that it was the drying that was to blame. So the coated paper was hung
up with pegs from a line in a dry college darkroom over night. The paper
slowly and completly dryed out over night and printed fine the next day. I
seem to remember that we were using Arches Aquarelle paper at that time. if
you are laying the paper down on a flat surface the underside could be still
slightly damp anyway it is worth a try.


> I leave them in the dark on a flat surface for a
> couple of hours. I coat them under a safelight, just
> to be sure, and I do the inital wash and fix under a
> red light.
> --- pete <> wrote:
>> Rob,
>> How do you dry your prints after coating ?
>> Pete
>>> Thanks Grace, nice images by the way!
>>> I do include a step wedge. I've tried a few
>> different
>>> curves but none have really done much to affect
>> the
>>> blacks.
>>> I'm using Arches Aquarelle paper and I'm wondering
>> if
>>> it just isn't suitable, hence the sensitiser
>> floating
>>> off in the wash. Or perhaps the hypo is having an
>>> effect?
>>> Thanks,
>>> Rob
>>> --- Grace Taylor <> wrote:
>>>> Robert,
>>>> Regarding tonal quality in your Van Dyke prints,
>> do
>>>> you print a step wedge
>>>> with curve applied along with your image? This
>> will
>>>> show if your curve
>>>> needs to be adjusted. I started with Dan
>>>> Burkholder's platinum curve for my
>>>> Van Dykes and had to make about three adjustments
>> to
>>>> the curve before
>>>> getting the right contrast. Sorry I have no
>>>> suggestion for the second
>>>> problem. I use Stonehenge paper and have never
>> had
>>>> anything come off in the
>>>> final wash.
>>>> You can look at some of my Van Dykes on
>>>> under
>>>> Artists and Photographers gallery. Grace
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