Yet another great darkroom printing video

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  1. ooze

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    Cool video! While I found the negative handling a bit scary, the ferrotyping machine was pretty awesome (especially in view of fschifano calling it "the black arts") :D It's always nice to see people who knows what they're doing. Picked up a good idea on the bleaching table.

    I kept thinking of Delicatessen and the director Jean-Pierre Jeunet for some reason when I saw the video. And the name Sauerwein rings a bell somewhere - can't figure why, though.
     
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    Thanks. I don't understand French, but I still enjoyed this.
     
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    I have sooo much to learn!

    French for one so I can study with her.
     
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    Great video - thanks for sharing! I've sent this out to my photo group to enjoy.
     
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    Arrrg! Need Flash! iPhone no guuuuud! Make Steve Jobs walk the plank.
     
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    I almost bought an iPhone. :laugh:
     
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    She breath on the images, almost look like she is kissing it. What is that for?

    Thanks for sharing the video...it was gr8 :smile:
     
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    Would love to have this translated, my french is poor at best. But the sound of it ... magique.
     
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    Great video. The printer was Nathalie Lopparelli I think, she printed / prints for Salgado.
     
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    heat, is the breath, and some feel it can help with bringing up image
     
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    This technique sounds rather mystical and unrepeatable to be taken seriously.

    Tom
     
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    Darkroom printing is an art and artists can be quirky. Obviously she believes in her technique and that's all it matters. If I could print as well she does, I'd be breathing on it too :smile:
     
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    I didn't claim it worked or that i have tried, someone asked what was that about and i gave an answer.

    We did, and sometimes still do keep warmer straight developer handy to place on small areas to punch up the image.

    So serious or not, lots of things have been going on in the days of my 63 years of darkroom work and makes one wonder.
     
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    Ann,

    My apologies. The remark directed at the technique in the video rather than at yourself.

    Tom
     
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    I first used localized warming in the developer tray about 30 years ago. But then, that was in a newspaper darkroom, and "fine gradation" and "archival quality" weren't exactly high on the priority list.
     
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    Well yes, but darkroom printing is also a process that conforms to certain principles, which is why I'm skeptical of the "mystical" approach.

    Tom
     
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    Sure, Tom, that is true and I am sure she sticks to that. But, a little pixie dust doesn't hurt sometimes :smile:
     
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    this is interesting...does it work for all developers, and how warm is the developer used to "punch up the image". Do you do it before or after fixing?
     
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    hm, warm is about 80 degree, and before, while the print is still in the developer. It would work with fiber, but never tried it with RC, but who knows.

    some folks with use their hand, or fingers to apply just straight developer thinking that body heat would do the trick
     
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    Nice video, no I don't speek french....

    Did anyone notice what enlarger was being used? ......Durst L12000

    I have one too........ was she was using a Condenser head? it is hard to tell, it could be a Ilford multigrade head. Which would explain the Green light.

    What I want is that big Fibre Paper Glazer.......I curently use a big mounting press
    and stick them to a mount with tissue to keep them flat..

    The warm developer trick would be worth a try out...

    Thanks

    Johnkpap
     
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    I think that may have been what she was doing when rubbing the print with gloved hands. For what it's worth, I've heard of printers blowing hot breath on prints, too. I mean, if it works for an attractive French woman ... :wink:
     
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    FWIW, I tried the breathing trick on an RC print this morning and couldn't see any effect :smile:

    I was a bit scared about actually "kissing" the developer soaked print as well :smile:
     
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    About two thirds into the video, where she develops the picture with the smiling kids, you'll see another smallish compartment between the developer and stop bath. Now I understand that this must contain warm developer. She dips part of the picture into this compartment and then breathes unto the print. And she also massages areas of the print with her hands by carrying over warm developer.
     
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    A litle warm handed massage and a warm breath can make anyone feel good, so why not a print.
    Thank you, ooze, for sharing the video, it was realy inspiring. Especially the part where she is handling the
    ferry cyanide for bleaching parts of the print.

    Karl-Gustaf