So what did I learn?

Discussion in 'Alternative Processes' started by Jorge, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. Jorge

    Jorge Inactive

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    Well, Jim Shanesy sent me a negative and an azo print to compare to a pt/pd print made from the same negative.

    I posted both prints so you all can get an idea of the differences. All in all, comparing an azo or silver print and a pt/pd print is an exercise in futility. Both have very different feel, coupled with the photographer's interpretation of the negative, it is useless to say what is better. Of course I am partial to the pt/pd print, but I imagine how many would like the feel of the azo print better.
     
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    Jorge, I think that you would have to have a sperate negative to compare these two prints fairly, one for the AZO and one pt/pd. Don't see any reason to determine which is best, each one has appeal. Some of your own posting would not look as good in sliver as they do pt/pd, plus for me there are some images that cry to have pt/pd look others really do look better in silver (some of them cry out to be toned) it just goes on and on and on.

    Thanks for sharing ....
     
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    So what did you learn Jorge? It sounds like you learned that no two processes can be compared directly. A good lesson, I'd say. I'll keep it in mind.

    Cheers,
     
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    Not really, Jim's negative was excellent, I just chose to do the print this way. I could have done the print a bit more like the azo print, but then what is the use of making a pt/pd print that is going to look like a silver print? Essentially, negatives that are good for azo also produce very nice alt prints, I could have just as well done a Satista or a Kallitype. This is why Herbst says that azo is a good "proof" for printing pt/pd, because you can use the same negative. I disagree with this, the "look" is so totally different that it makes it useless for me.
     
  5. David A. Goldfarb

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    I think certain kinds of images lend themselves to certain print processes, and when one commits to one or two processes, that influences the kinds of scenes one looks for.
     
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    Definitely! Even when choosing to enlarge or to contact print for final presentation - the format and materials we choose to work with affects the images we make and seach for, especially in relation to composition.
     
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    I woud like to hear Jim's description of the thinking behnd his print. That is what art is all about.

    Personally i do not see this subject lending itself to PT/PD but that is just my taste.
    Thanks for the comparison Jorge.

    Wouldn't it be cool if we could get more interpretive comparisons, of the same negative, like this? I do not think it would be tough because with pyro, a negative can be developed with a dual purpose in mind.
     
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    I actually think thats a great idea. We should create a print exchange where one single negative is sent around in a group, and each person prints it to thier liking. Then either the finished prints could be rotated around in the group, or posted in the site's gallery.
     
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    EricR was supposed to be getting this exact thing going. Where are you Eric?
     
  10. Jorge

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    I wonder, where is Jim? I also would like to hear his opinion and thinking about making the print.
     
  11. mark

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    Sandy,

    It was my assumption that the contrast of Pt/Pd could controlled. A contrasty neg means you apply a less contrasty mix to the paper. Is this just a misconception?
     
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    *this thread was moderated in agreement from participants in the thread,thnx