Re: Tonal Range of Van Dyke, was RE: Actual photograph

From: Richard Sullivan ^lt;>
Date: 03/17/05-11:07:12 AM Z
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Meant the negatives had the short tonal scale.


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At 09:28 AM 3/17/2005, you wrote:
>Dick Sullivan wrote:
>> In Van Dyke! You would not believe the beauty. They looked like very
>> warm toned platinums. Sigfried Halus, studied with Walker Evans, etc" is
>> the head of the art dept and he came by. He is a photographer and has
>> taught "alt processes" and Van Dyke and he was stunned. He could not
>> believe they were Van Dykes. The process has a very short tonal range
>> and I believe that it is almost impossible to generate a normal silver
>> neg that fits the process. I've looked at and made Van Dykes off and on
>> for 35 years now and never seen anything quite like this. One of the
>> students had done some close ups of back lit Iris flowers and they
>> looked like the very best made pts. Perhaps I shouldn't be talking like
>> this.<grin>
>Van Dyke has a very short tonal range? Kevin must be using some very
>special chemistry because virtually everyone else on the planet who has
>worked Van Dyke, including this person, has found it to have a very long
>tonal scale, even longer than pure palladium.
>Compared to platinum or palladium printing there are issues of permanence
>with Van Dyke but I never hear anyone claim that it had a shorter tonal scale.
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