Salted Paper Prints - an experiment

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  1. Kimberly Anderson

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    So I just mixed up some saltwater made from salt I collected at Spiral Jetty. I am following the formula outlined in C. James book with the 4 tablespoons of salt to 1 quart of water.

    I have soaked 10 sheets of Platine and 5 sheets of Bristol Smooth. I have had very good luck with Cyanotype and VDB on the Bristol, so we'll see how it goes.

    I also mixed up some new Silver Nitrate Solution #2 as outlined in his book as well.

    Hopefully I can coat in a few hours and see where this takes me.

    I plan to print images from Utah's Great Salt Lake with this process. Hopefully all of the pieces come together...

    Oh have I mentioned I've never done this before? Yeah, I'm nervous.
     
  2. Jim Noel

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    There is no reason it will not work on the proper paper. Originally salt prints were made on paper sized with gelatin and I have found i can achieve greater densities on 100% linen or cotton papers with gelatin in my salting mixture.
    Good luck
     
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    Wow, better results than expected! This process is incredible...all toe and no shoulder. I will post photos tomorrow...
     
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    Salt is fun.
    Pat
     
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    Arches Platine

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    Bristol Smooth
     
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    Looks very promising. Seems you need more contrasty neg. Will you tone ?
     
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    I would suggest trying a coating rod. Also better contrast in your negs. If you have a densitometer about 1.8. Toning is optional. Wash properly. Then fix. wash properly again. have fun.
    Like the chicken.
    Pat
     
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    I don't like the coating rod. I was trying a hake brush on the 4x5's just to see how it would be. I ususally use a Richeson Magic Brush and have several sizes dedicated for each process. I don't know if I will tone or not. I have been told that Gold toner is particularly nice.

    The top negative is super contrasty. I have some that are even more contrasty and they might work out very nice with this process. I shall never again be afraid to shoot in contrasty light.
     
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    hi mike
    love your stuff ..
    i have ingredients to make salty prints this summer :smile:
    box camera and print developer will make perfect negative i figure :smile:


    pat, don't you have to tone them so they don't disappear ? i was under the impression
    from all the things i have read ( and seen ) that toning was essential ..
    or the environment will pretty much dissolve the image ...

    what kind of rooster is that, a (foghorn) leghorn or RI Red ?

    john
     
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    It's not a rooster, she's one of my Barred-Rock laying hens. She just thinks she's a rooster...but her yummy eggs prove her wrong day in and day out.
     
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    From what I understand, toning is recommended however not essential. I have many prints 30 years old and they are fine. Just ensure they are fully washed after exposure.Then fixed in a hypo fixer. Then washed totally. I did find the rod a pleasure to use. I found the brush gave streaks like you have on the first prints.
    Pat