Re: VDB toning with sulfide toner?

From: Ryuji Suzuki ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 10/03/05-07:30:28 AM Z
Message-id: <20051003.093028.84311759.lifebook-4234377@silvergrain.org>

From: Stane Kocar <stane.kocar@siol.net>
Subject: VDB toning with sulfide toner?
Date: Mon, 03 Oct 2005 12:10:23 +0200

> I tried post toning VDB prints with viradon (old version -
> polysulfide+selenium) 1+20. Bleaching of the image was serious (at
> least two stops), tone changes from chocholate brown to yellow-brown
> - similar to as with KRST - I find it not very attractive. I
> wonder, why so much bleaching? Does anyone tried that and has any
> explanation?

Ummm... One thing I can think of is that the shape of silver particles
is changed by the toner and the same amount of silver compound gives
less optical density. Also, silver sulfide has different optical
property from metallic silver.

> I would like to make VDB prints more permanent (I know - gold or
> platinum toner works).

With VDB the sulfiding toners may react very fast. You might want to
use adjust the dilution. But it's possible that the problem persists
to some degree.

Another possibility is to enlarge the grains before toning. This can
be done with a physical developer (silver intensifier).
Received on Mon Oct 3 07:30:55 2005

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