Re: Fortepan

From: Susan Huber ^lt;>
Date: 02/26/04-10:38:37 PM Z
Message-id: <006801c3fceb$927178d0$a991c8cf@ownereb7xeo44n>

Hello Sandy, I use contact printing with POP and use primarily Ilford Hp5-
Ihave noticed it was very flat in low contrast scenes- using Pyro tends to
out the values (for me at least). As it is very dreary in the West Coast,
Canada- I have started using Forte Poly Warm tone paper as a contact via the
and really findsthe values quite beautiful. I got some Kentmere form a
distributor in Ontario (same people who make the Centennial POP in the UK)
and found it
too contrasty- same grade. They both tone nicely in selenium. Not sure you
can get the Forte paper in the US. I haven't tried the Forte pan film.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sandy King" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2004 7:28 PM
Subject: Fortepan

> Loris wrote:
> >Fortepan films. The Fortepan 400 is especially
> >interesting; AFAIK the emulsion consist of two layers:
> >one ISO 400 sensivity, one ISO 50. I have friends that
> >use it - they're happy with the results. Of course I
> >don't know if you can find these in the States. We
> >have plenty of Forte supplies here in Turkey. I use
> >their B&W papers (also Kentmere) - nothing like Ilford
> >but they're very cheap compared to "high end" papers
> >like Ilford. And they do the job very nicely.
> >
> >Regards,
> >Loris.
> >
> Yes, Fortepan film is available in the US. I have been involved in a
> lot of film testing over the past month or so for a book project and
> it is one of the films that I tested. It performs about on a par with
> Ilford HP5+, which means that it is an ok film for medium and high
> contrast scenes but something of a dog with low contrast lighting.
> This is due to the fact that after a certain point of development the
> contrast levels out and further time in the development merely
> increases density, but not contrast. For printing with processes like
> carbon, kallitype, palladium and Pt/Pd I would reserve it primarily
> for high and medium contrast scenes.
> For regular silver printing it has enough contrast to handle all
> lighting conditions.
> Sandy
Received on Thu Feb 26 22:38:47 2004

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