Kentmere Fine Grain Warm tone - weird

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  1. david b

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    So I am printing for an upcoming show and decided to try some Kentmere Fine Grain Warm Tone paper that I've had for a few months.

    To me, this is one of the weirdest papers I have ever tried. It is hardly fine grain and the box says double weight but it certainly doesn't feel that way.

    The print almost looks like a "light" version of a lith print.

    Any one else feel the same way?
     
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    I should add that this is semi matte paper and I am using dektol 1+2
     
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    Finegrain refers to the surface texture rather than a claim to having any special sharpness.

    It is a VC paper so if it's too high a contrast (which some people have mentioned I seem to recall) without a filter, try a lower grade of filtration. It does seem to colour very easily in toners and in different developers.

    I like it with natural subjects (see attachment - in Neutol WA). Probably not the best paper for stark modern architecture or a general landscape (but YMMV of course).

    Cheers, Bob.
     

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    I am doing a print of landscape with a water tower and some heavy clouds. I kind of like it but was surprised at the texture of it.

    Also, I am just using 15 points of magenta on my color head and it's plenty.
     
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    It takes a while to get used to, but can be very beautiful. It doesn't seem to react to filtration the same way some other papers do, and that can cause a headache sometimes.
    I agree with Bob on subject matter. Portraiture is another strong area of use for this paper.
    I don't use it anymore, but would consider it if I needed a warmtone paper other than Ilford semimatte.
    - Thomas