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Dave Miller
12-04-2006, 02:55 PM
And received in perfect condition this morning. Cheers: very atmospheric.

Mine is in the press along with a couple of its siblings (I've tried since Friday to flatten the s*dding things but my usual method is not working: no idea why)... Regardless, flat or not, I'll send it out tomorrow morning!

Cheers, Bob.

If all else fails may I recommend a hot steam iron set to cotton; unless it's mine in which case I will accept the wrinkles.:)

Bob F.
12-04-2006, 03:16 PM
If all else fails may I recommend a hot steam iron set to cotton; unless it's mine in which case I will accept the wrinkles.:)If all else fails I might well try that... Not actually wrinkled or anything: they all just have their original curve as they came out the box. Very odd, as I normally have no problem flattening MGIV Warmtone - ho hum...

Oh yeah, sorry, it's not for you Dave, though you are certainly welcome to a copy.

Cheers, Bob.

Dave Miller
12-04-2006, 04:13 PM
If all else fails I might well try that... Not actually wrinkled or anything: they all just have their original curve as they came out the box. Very odd, as I normally have no problem flattening MGIV Warmtone - ho hum...

Oh yeah, sorry, it's not for you Dave, though you are certainly welcome to a copy.

Cheers, Bob.

Well that's o.k. then; it's full steam ahead.:D

Trying to be serious for a moment (difficult):o, are you letting the print cool before taking it out of the press? I find that when I don't do that they take up a curve.

Bob F.
12-04-2006, 08:01 PM
The method I use is largely what was suggested to me a year or so ago by Nancy Gutrich here on APUG. Has worked very well since.

I put the print in the press between two sheets of mountboard and heat it for a few minutes. I then take the print out, fan it about a bit and repeat a couple of more times. The theory here is that this removes any residual moisture from the print. I then put it back in the press with a sheet of release paper against the emulsion under pressure for about 5 minutes. I then switch the press off and release some of the pressure so it is still held flat, but not pressed hard, and leave the print in there overnight. Usually comes out flat enough to corner mount.

I think it is sorted as I've had it in the press all day and just packaged it up to send out and it was pretty flat. May have been the rain/sun/rain/sun weather we are having down here at the mo. - or just me having one of those days... Be interesting to see if a couple of days held flat in a cardboard mailer going through the post will help (or not...).

Cheers, Bob.

FrankB
12-05-2006, 04:44 PM
My apologies to my recipient and the organisers. I am (yet again) running late. I'm at a conference this week and snowed under, but I hope to get a print in the post on Friday morning.

Abject apologies to all, especially after the early arrival of a superb print from this round's organiser.

Leon
12-06-2006, 07:18 AM
My apologies to my recipient and the organisers. I am (yet again) running late. I'm at a conference this week and snowed under, but I hope to get a print in the post on Friday morning.

Abject apologies to all, especially after the early arrival of a superb print from this round's organiser.

You wont get around me that easily Beaney - conference schmonference ;)

FrankB
12-06-2006, 04:14 PM
I always thought this conference lark was a cushy deal. You know - roll up, listen to a few bods pontificate while your arse is cosseted by a comfy seat, munchies at regular intervals, then waddle to a hotel complete with sumptuous restaurant, well-stocked bar and hot & cold running chambermaids.

Er, no. Not quite.

Crawl from your pit at 0630 (the 0 standing for "Oh ****, it's early!"). Leave the house at 0700. Join the M62 car-park and sit there for the next hour, the monotony broken only by the tw*t in the 52-plate black Lexus IS200 that goes up the hard-shoulder at 80 with his lights off knowing that the cameras probably won't see him while everyone else sits in the queue at 25, tops (tomorrow I'll have my hands-free kit ready and Greater Manchester Police on speed-dial, you b******! Aye, and the month after that. Merry Christmas! :mad: ).

Reach the office car park at 0810. Look at the rain which is coming down in stair-rods and taking the paint off the roof of your car. Realise that you have 30 mins very fast walk to reach the conference and that you have to leave right now. Set off. Despite the brolly, five minutes later your shoes and socks are saturated. Ten minutes after that you have blisters. Fifteen minutes after that you arrive.

Scald your throat with a coffee and hit the lectures. Try and keep up with the coherently-presented best thoughts of some of the world's brightest people in the area of software testing. Realise early on that you are not one of the world's brightest people in the area software testing! Or any other area!

The schedule runs all day with just enough time between sessions to change rooms, (if you're quick) visit the gents and just enough lunchtime to grab a quick bite and buy Compeed plasters (recommended).

1830 leave the conference. 1900 arrive at the office, check voicemail, pick up snailmail. 2030 arrive home, grab dinner, go through and respond to work email, check APUG. 2300, bed, sleep.

This was the third day. I do it again tomorrow.

If I were presented with a hot & cold running chambermaid right now... Well, it'd be a waste! Luckily, my personal bar is well-stocked and is open.

Yes, I know; whinge, whinge, whinge! Actually, despite the above, it's brilliant! I'm learning a ton and paving the way towards learning about ten tons more.

I am, however, cream-crackered!

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Black Dog
12-06-2006, 04:56 PM
In the words of D.I Regan 'some things about this job are great. And some things STINK. Let's go and have a drink'. Never has the human condition been summed up so eloquently!

FrankB
12-07-2006, 06:12 PM
"We're the Sweeney, son. And we haven't had any dinner!" :D

Conference and whinging over. Will try and post a print to my victi... Sorry, my recipient tomorrow!

FrankB
12-08-2006, 05:55 AM
Print away, first class post.

Bob F.
12-08-2006, 06:51 AM
I prefer: "Put your trousers on son, you're nicked!"...

Leon
12-08-2006, 07:24 AM
I prefer: "Put your trousers on son, you're nicked!"...


I take it that's a phrase you've heard often Bob :o

CarlRadford
12-08-2006, 11:19 AM
Stunning print from Ian Leake today - love to know a little more about how the print was made and what paper was used?

Carl

Bob F.
12-08-2006, 12:07 PM
I take it that's a phrase you've heard often Bob :oYes, but I keep telling my Mum it's not funny; it wasn't funny when I was six, and it's even less funny now... :o

Ian Leake
12-08-2006, 04:20 PM
Thanks Carl. It's a "Grade 13" Bostick & Sullivan 50/50 pt/pd print on COT 320 paper. I've recently decided to use pt/pd exclusively because since AZO disappeared I've rarely been able to get the final prints I'm looking for with silver papers. After a lot of practice I can now make prints that I'm satisfied with from pt/pd, but I know I have a long way to go still :-)

A scan of the original silver print is in my gallery here (http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=13083&cat=500&ppuser=5914).

CarlRadford
12-08-2006, 05:00 PM
the one I have has stunning detail throughout :) Are you using Potassium Oxalate as your dev?

Carl


Thanks Carl. It's a "Grade 13" Bostick & Sullivan 50/50 pt/pd print on COT 320 paper. I've recently decided to use pt/pd exclusively because since AZO disappeared I've rarely been able to get the final prints I'm looking for with silver papers. After a lot of practice I can now make prints that I'm satisfied with from pt/pd, but I know I have a long way to go still :-)

A scan of the original silver print is in my gallery here (http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=13083&cat=500&ppuser=5914).

Ian Leake
12-09-2006, 05:05 AM
the one I have has stunning detail throughout :) Are you using Potassium Oxalate as your dev?

Carl

Thanks Carl :-)

Yes, originally I used the B&S Ammonium Citrate but it was too cold for my taste. I only recently discovered that Silverprint sell Potassium Oxalate so I use this now, warmed up on a little hot plate I found on ebay.

I've found that EDTA wouldn't clear COT 320 at all well, even after long, long soaks. So I use citric acid (also from Silverpint). That seems to work extremely well.

I was using Arches Platine before, but I switched to COT 320 in the hope it would be easier to coat. And it is. But I'm not sure yet whether that's because my coating technique has got better or because of the paper. I haven't seen much difference between the final prints though. I've still got some AP left so I'll try with that again. And I'll try humidifying it to see what happens too.

All I need to do now is work out how to fund it all :-) I think I'll have to start selling prints but that feels like quite a big step...

All the best,

Ian.

Stan160
12-09-2006, 09:42 AM
Apologies for my lateness in responding. I received a fantastic print from simulatordan last week. My print is in an envelope and will be in the post box later this afternoon!

Leon
12-10-2006, 05:11 PM
Well - I was hoping to start off round four today, but seeing as we are still waiting for the receipt of 7 prints to be acknowledged, I guess we'd be better off giving it some more time. How about we say I start off round 4 in the new year, to allow everyone to get the midwinter hols out of the way? Also, would it be fair to say those who do not honour their part of the exchange by then (without letting me know of mitigating circumstances) cant join in again until they have managed to do so? would be good to hear peoples thoughts on this.

Those with prints still outstanding, please try to get them sent out asap :)



Leon

FrankB
12-11-2006, 04:54 AM
Hi Leon,

New Year sounds good - it gives me Christmas to build up my files so that I should have a fighting chance of not being late next time!

I fully agree that a person should be excluded from an exchange until their outstanding commitments have been met (with some Tennessee windage for exceptional circumstances and organiser's discretion). Where possible, I would also extend this to outstanding commitments from other APUG exchanges.