Digital negative - was: Re: Thinking of building a UV contact box...

From: Sam Wang ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 07/29/04-12:58:13 PM Z
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Hi Jeff,

If you can hold off for just a few more days, Mark Nelson's book will be out and it will give you the
exact information you'll need for making digital negatives, for silver as well as for "other alt processes".

As a beta tester, I was able to get negatives that printed beautifully on silver as well as Pt/Pd. This is
very exciting, since some of the originals were 7x17 and 12x20 negatives - important images that I
had a hard time printing previously, for one reason or another. Now I can not only make negatives that
print easily and predicatably, but also making variations in tonal relationships.

I imagine it's the same as a musician playing with the same score but each time jazzing it up a bit
differently, not something readily available to us in the past because of restrictions of traditional films
and development.

Sam Wang
> From: Jeff Dilcher <>
> Date: 2004/07/29 Thu PM 02:11:20 EDT
> To:
> Subject: Re: Thinking of building a UV contact box...
> Hi folks,
> Thanks for answering my questions. I may work with just silver based contact printing, at least
> until I am confident in my digital negative enlargements- if I can get that process down to my
> then I'll go full tilt, and build the UV box and try some more exotic alt processes.
> I think my initial challenges are going to be consistantly getting a negative with what I consider to be
a smooth
> and accurate tonal scale. I've been reading some Burkholder, and some other stuff on the net. I have
an Epson 1280,
> and have been getting reasonable quality doing standard inkjet paper prints w/ quadtone inks.
> Perhaps I should start w/ something more basic as to paper/developer while I am first twiddling w/
> enlargment? I hate to waste to much expensive paper and developer.
> Also, don't know if many of you are doing inkjet negatives, but was wondering if anyone has any
> on relative merits of this pictorico high gloss white film:
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