First time Lith Printing

Discussion in 'Alternative Processes' started by pstake, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. pstake

    pstake Member

    Messages:
    715
    Joined:
    May 5, 2005
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    I'm getting ready to try my hand at Lith printing for the first time. I have a lot of Ilford IV Fiber paper and am wondering if that will work for Lith? If not, that's a bummer because I have so much of it will have to buy some different paper.

    And in that case, can anyone recommend some paper? The largest I can print is 11x14.

    I also have some Arista RC ... but I'm thinking RC + Lith is not a good idea.

    I have a couple rolls of IR film and a Lith kit that have been patiently waiting for Spring. I'm pretty excited!
     
  2. Mark Fisher

    Mark Fisher Subscriber

    Messages:
    1,676
    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2003
    Location:
    Chicago
    Shooter:
    Medium Format
    Ilforg MGIV doesn't lith well. The Arista RC probably will lith as it is Fomabrom. If it is like the glossy Arista Fiber, it will be quite grainy, somewhat warm, and a bit hard to control the contrast...it can be pretty cool. I think the easiest to learn on is Fomatone, but most warmtone papers will work to one degree or another.
     
  3. walbergb

    walbergb Subscriber

    Messages:
    432
    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2005
    Location:
    Brandon, Man
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Ditto for MG IV not good for lith. +1 for Fomatone (FB or RC). If you haven't already, get Tim Rudman's lith book. Go to Tim Rudman's website for some free videos and articles. One of his articles reviews different papers and the lith process.
     
  4. pstake

    pstake Member

    Messages:
    715
    Joined:
    May 5, 2005
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
  5. Bob Carnie

    Bob Carnie Subscriber

    Messages:
    5,316
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2004
    Location:
    Toronto-Onta
    Shooter:
    Med. Format RF
    Ilford Warmtone is one of the best lith papers... it is just a tricky one to work with.. you must pull the paper when the blacks just start showing and the image will explode in the fix..
    contrary to other good lith papers where you pull the paper when the blacks look right.

    tough one to cut your teeth on but do not be mislead , it is a great lith paper and it tones really nice.
    The fomatone 131 is a great paper to start with and is easily available from freestyle or B & H if you are on the east coast.

     
  6. pstake

    pstake Member

    Messages:
    715
    Joined:
    May 5, 2005
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    Hi, Bob I actually tried some last night. The first print I made was underexposed (I think). Results on ilford Warmtone were pretty remarkable although a bit underexposed. The second one, I think I overdeveloped. It came out with black bars running across the image in the darker areas ... which is, I guess, why you pull the print when blacks start to show.

    Thanks for the insight!
     
  7. pstake

    pstake Member

    Messages:
    715
    Joined:
    May 5, 2005
    Shooter:
    Multi Format
    My first Lith print. The scan is horrible. The print has very nice tonality and is tack sharp. The barn practically stands off the page. Think I lucked out, pulled the print at just the right time, and exposed it just the right amount. Thanks for the advice, everyone.

    Scanned with a basic document scanner at work.

    first_lith.jpg