Re: Trick for increasing speed of photo papers?

From: Ed Buffaloe ^lt;>
Date: 11/18/04-10:47:00 AM Z
Message-id: <002b01c4cd8e$3a5537d0$5b01a8c0@LIBRARYLFRLZGO>

I seem to recall that you place a tray of strong ammonia at the bottom of a
box and hang the film at the top of the box. I'm not sure what the
recommended time would be--maybe 20 minutes to an hour. I've also heard of
placing a roll of film in a large tank on top of several empty reels with a
few ounces of strong ammonia at the bottom for up to 24 hours. Disclaimer:
I have never tried this myself. In trying to research hypersensitization by
fuming, I found only information on hypersensitizing albumen paper with
ammonia. Clerc mentions hypersensitizing film by fuming with mercury, but
not ammonia. I suspect if this were a really useful method, a lot more
people would be doing it.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gordon J. Holtslander" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2004 9:23 AM
Subject: Re: Trick for increasing speed of photo papers?

> Ed:
> Do you have more information on fuming film with ammonia? I'm planning on
> doing more work with pinhole cameras. I use lith film which is pretty
> slow. I've managed to squeeze more speed out of these films, but I
> haven't tried ammonia fuming.
> Gord
> On Wed, 17 Nov 2004, Ed Buffaloe wrote:
>> The only thing I can think of is fuming with ammonia. I know this trick
>> was
>> used with albumen, and later with film.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> > Is there any trick that can be used to increase the sensivity of B&W
>> > photographic paper (by say... 2 or 3 stops for instance)
>> >
>> > TIA,
>> > Loris.
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