Re: Another plug for Mark Nelson's PDN.

From: Sandy King ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 02/16/05-12:30:22 PM Z
Message-id: <a0602041cbe393f1e6cbd@[]>

I am using my own home-made tissue at this time. However, I used a
lot of the B&S tissue a year or so ago, and even did a review article
of it that was published in View Camera. It is a good product and the
nut brown color is especially nice. However, there are some
significant working differences between the B&S tissue and my own
home-made tissue that make using the two types at the same time
rather complicated.

Also, I have become quite proficient at making the tissue, to the
point where I am able to make 12-14 21X25" sheets of tissue in an
evening without too much trouble, and the cost in materials is quite
small. And most importantly, I am able to vary the color to whatever
I want.

However, my recommendation for most persons would be to get involved
with carbon printing first with the B&S tissue, and then after you
have acquired some expertise with process, decide if you want to go
the extra step and attempt to make your own.


>Are you using commerical carbon tissue? I know that B&S has two colours
>available on their web site. I wanted to give this process a try.
>Marek Matusz
>> Hi folks,
>> I must put in another plus for Mark Nelson's wonderful PDN system.
>> As some of you know I am a carbon printer. No, that is not an Apple
>> carbon printer, nor an inkjet carbon printer, but a carbon printer
>> from the school of 1865. I have been doing it a long time, with a lot
>> of pleasure, but low productivity.
>> Because of a writing project I did not do any carbon printing for the
>> past 8-10 months. However, during that time I began using Mark Nelson
>> Precision Digital Negative system with kallitype and palladium
>> printing, with quite a bit of success.
>> About two weeks ago I decided it was time to give up the distractions
>> of the lesser processes and return to carbon, but this time I decided
>> that I would do it with digital negatives. I can't tell you how
>> exciting this has been. The consistency of the digital negative
>> approach allows me to do things that were to this point impossible in
>> my carbon printing with in-camera large format negatives, and at the
>> same time reach some degree of productivity in my work.
>> My approach to this point has been to scan my large format and ULF
>> negatives ( Epson 4870 and 836XL), do tonal corrections in Photoshop,
>> and print the digital negatives on Pictorico ( and on that
>> wonderfully inexpensive Ultraclear OHP that Chris Anderson has talked
>> about here on the list).
>> I know there are people who will tell you that nothing beats an
>> in-camera original, and those folks will no doubt take their opinion
>> to the grave. But I am here to tell those folks that they are
>> mistaken. For my book nothing beats an in-camera large format or ULF
>> negative that is scanned and tonally corrected in Photoshop and
>> printed as a digital negative to the precise requirements of your
>> process.
>> Mark Nelson's PDN system allows me to do the above. I am still in
>> the learning curve with this system but the potential is almost
>> unlimited based on what I have seen so far.
>> Sandy
Received on Wed Feb 16 12:30:39 2005

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