UV fading of stained negatives

From: Linas Kudzma ^lt;lkudzma@earthlink.net>
Date: 03/09/04-02:10:42 PM Z
Message-id: <31626063.1078863045276.JavaMail.root@gonzo.psp.pas.earthlink.net>

I've been meaning to write to you about this for a while. However, since it's a topic here I'll share with the list. I have a 8x10 Pyrocat-HD negative (TMY) to which I had taped a rubylith mask to crop an approximately 4x10" section to print borderless with Pd/Pt. I printed this negative many times (20 or so, under BL tubes) and then removed the mask and put it away. Several months later I printed a larger portion of this neg without the mask. To my dismay, I could see an outline in the print of where the mask opening previously was. Itā€™s subtle, but clearly visible. If I had not been masking, the change in the negative might not be very noticeable. Iā€™ve been meaning to do a test to quantify the fading, but haven't gotten around to it.

This is something to think about before masking negatives developed in staining developers.


Linas Kudzma
Received on Tue Mar 9 14:11:00 2004

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