Once upon a time, before the digital era, there was a photographic printing technique that called wet printing or darkroom printing or silver gelatin printing. You could print a photograph without using computer or printer by using this mysterious technique. Nowadays there are only a few master remain who knows the mystery. Hold on there, I will tell a secret. I am the master and I will whisper the secrets to you in this blog. Keep this secret with you.
Today I want to present you an interesting image. It is taken from Europe through the Asia.
Paper: Ilford Multigrade IV Fiber Glossy (1K) Paper Size: 24x30.5 cm (9.5x12 in) Image Size: 21.3x21.3 cm (8.4x8.4in) Developer: Dektol 1+2 (2 min.) Toner: Untoned Film Format: 6x6
I took this photo with my super heavy Mamiya C330. I love this camera but it is almost impossible to carry it. Lens was Mamiya Sekor 80 mm f/2.8. It was long exposure in day light. I used Nikon R60 red filter. Film is Ilford Pan+ 50 @25 and aperture was 32. I wrote this details because people who see this print always ask me the details.
I made 4 edition with this print in the same session and each of them has a different boiling section :) It is almost impossible to print same looking print with this negative. I gave number 3 contrast filter to the upper part and number 4.5 to the bottom section. This is one of my favorite print and hanged on my wall
Today I wanted to share a print from my book. Here is the image:
Details of the print are such that:
Paper:Kentmere VC Select RC Fine Lustre Paper Size: 17.8x24 cm (7x9.5in) Image Size: 14.5x23 cm (5.7x9.1in) Developer: Dektol 1+2 (1 min.) Toner: Untoned Film Format: 35 mm
This paper has matchless surface color. It has a yellowish-brownish surface. It is very interesting and it attracts me some how I couldn't explain. It's surface is between semi-matte and glossy and D-max is not perfect but satisfactory.
In the image I made a little crop. There was nose hole of the woman at left-bottom corner and it looked to me not good. Generally I am printing full frame but approximately 10% of my photographs need some crop. I don't like too much cropping but If it necessary I do not hesitate to crop.
I am so excited. Although it's print quality is too far from a wet print and it has a small misspelling on the cover, I am totally satisfied for the first result. You can see the full preview of the book at the below: