effect using Ilford MGIV and very light sepiatoner

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  1. ouyang

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    Hi all,

    This weekend I've been playing with my new enlarger, so much fun! But..

    I was printing some prints on Ilford Multigrade paper glossy, developing in 20 degree ilford multigrade dev. for two minutes, fixed in agefix.

    Then I wanted to tone it, or rather play around a bit.. I bleached very shortly and then toned very shortly (bleaching like 20 seconds, toning half a minute) and it's just awesome.. there is a kind of yellow tone, and something happens to the print, I don't know how to describe it, it's like a 3-D effect.. it almost turns the photo into something drawinglike..

    anyone? what's going on here? I'll try and post a scan soon..

    cheers, ONno
     
  2. John Simmons

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    I would need to see the scan.... but let me ask. What sepia toner are you using, bleach dilution, etc are you using?
     
  3. Ian Grant

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    Sounds exactly what we should expect :smile: from what you describe doing.

    Ian
     
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    I use Polymax FB, with Kodak Sepia, bleached for 30 sec, toned for one minute. Adds a slight warmth to the highs mostly, not much at all to low values, and it does make more "depth" in the print.
     
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    Have any tried just the toner skipping the bleach? Dan
     
  6. boyooso

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    In my experience with sepia toner.....

    The Bleach time dictates the tone. You need to tone for 1 minute or more, or at least until the print stops changing.

    With Ilfords MGFB paper, the tone seems to be less sepia, more redish.

    If you limit your bleach time you will affect the high lights and midtones more... and you will leave the shadows/blacks alone.

    I hope this helps.

    Corey