Re: salt prints - at last!

From: Christina Z. Anderson ^lt;>
Date: 11/08/05-04:46:08 PM Z
Message-id: <00b301c5e4b6$8b8076c0$526992d8@christinsh8zpi>


These are really nice. Also, good website. So nice that your learning curve
ended in success.

I, like you, had a learning curve when going to salt, because it is not like
a lot of the rest of the processes where room light is fine and the rinse
and clear are not so crucial--salt is very susceptible to fogging. I now,
if I salt print, do so at night and don't have any light source in the room
(my room is not light tight) and I make sure to rinse for 10 minutes first,
in the dark, and then fix for a good long time, too. Then my contrast is
nice and punchy. The other thing that amazes me is I can get close to 31
steps on a step tablet with salt, when i am used to only half that with
other processes like cyanotype and gum. It's quite sensitive, and quite
tonal. And it stains my sink...gum seems like a breeze by comparison except
you have three layers, not one.
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Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2005 3:29 PM
Subject: Re: salt prints - at last!

> Hi Jeremy,
> Thanks! And I got your message of yesterday. I would love to have one of
> your prints and will send you a salt print, unless you want only 3x4s.
> Texas warm weather sounds great. I sure miss the warm Arizona winters.
> Cheers!
> Judy
> --
> Judy Rowe Taylor
> Mukilteo, WA
> Art is a voice of the heart, a song of the soul.
> or
>> They look great, Judy! Keep up the good work and I hope to see some 3x4
>> prints soon, too :-)
>> wrote:
>> >Greetings,
>> >
>> >Although I am in the midst of renovating my web site, I have a couple of
>> >pages
>> ready and would like to report that I have now come up with a consistent
>> (more-or-less :-) procedure for salt printing that is working well for my
>> situation. Two of a series of 3 images of a piece of farm equipment are
>> posted.
>> >
>> >Also posted is my procedure for developing 3.25 x 4.25 sheet-film negs
>> >from my
>> vintage Voigtlander Avus...the whole set-up cost less than $6, is working
>> great,
>> and may be of interest to others. No prints from the negs yet...but
>> soon! The
>> Avus is great fun!
>> >
>> >To see either go to:
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >Select "Photo Art" from the left nav bar, then Salt Prints to see the
>> >prints
>> (yellow arrows are the links) or scroll on down and select "Sheet Film"
>> (then
>> the Procedure link) for the $6 set-up!
>> >
>> >The original negatives for the two salt images posted were made with a
>> >vintage
>> Argoflex E twin lens reflex camera (ca. 1947 version of this model). I
>> scanned
>> the 60 cm x 60 cm in-camera negs (with Epson 3170), enlarged in Photoshop
>> and
>> then cropped these two images to a size I wanted to print. Image No.3
>> is
>> uncropped (I amazed myself by getting the composition I was after,
>> considering
>> the ground-glass focusing screen of the old Argoflex is very very dim,
>> especially around the edges), but, alas, the first digineg was way too
>> contrasty. Back to that one later....Diginegs were prepared using Clay
>> Harmon's
>> procedure (modified a bit - orange ink R190 G64 B0 for image; black
>> border as
>> mask as I wanted crisp edges for these particular prints) and printed
>> with Epson
>> 2200 on Pictorico OHP. My UV light box is fitted with six 13-watt
>> screw-in
>> fluorescent BLBs. Exposure time was 17 minutes. I also tried palladium
>> toning
>> one print and really like the warm tone; however, the final im
>> > age was a little too light so will try a bit longer exposure next time.
>> >
>> >My salt printing steps evolved from reading about this process in three
>> references (Webb & Reed, Christopher Janes and Wynn White) along with
>> some trial
>> and error! It is an amalgam of the three plus some technique that works
>> for my
>> set-up. As everyone else says, fixing and clearing are critical.
>> >
>> >Cheers!
>> >Judy
>> >
>> >--
>> >Judy Rowe Taylor
>> >Mukilteo, WA
>> >Art is a voice of the heart, a song of the soul.
>> >
>> > or
>> >
>> >
>> >
Received on Tue Nov 8 16:49:18 2005

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