RE: VanDyke Brown

From: Don Bryant ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 05/11/04-08:31:19 PM Z
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> On Tue, 11 May 2004, Don Bryant wrote:
> > I've used Ilford WT MG IV fiber toned in selenium and I don't think the
> look
> > of a VDB is quite comparable.
> >
> > For a comparison look at this photo printed on Ilford WTMGIV toned in
> > selenium:
> >
> >
> >
> > and compare it to these VDBs printed by Wynn White:
> >
> >
> >
> > IMO, the highlights in Ilford paper tend to show the effects of the
> toner
> > where as the VDB highlights tend to show the color of the paper base. Of
> > course the warm tones are a different color also.
> It seems to me that the difference between a VDB on an artists' paper and
> a photograph on silver gelatin (factory) paper, however it's been exposed,
> developed, or toned, is going to be more than can be seen on a monitor.
> The *paramount* difference is the surface, the texture, the tactile effect
> of an emulsion in paper, or ON paper-- right out in the air, mother naked,
> NOT buried in gelatin. It's quite possible to prefer the silver-gelatin
> version, I'm sure some people do, but you can't judge from the monitor
> which only shows phosphor behind glass.

My examples given to be viewed on the monitor were intended to demonstrate a
relative difference not an absolute comparison, and since I printed one of
the example prints I can testify that the displayed image is pretty close to
the original.

In all respects a web image is better than no image at all.

My 2 cents,

Received on Tue May 11 20:31:34 2004

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