Heading into town today to pick up some more gum arabic and paper. Tests to date haven't been very encouraging, but I'm getting something. Just like in carbon transfer printing, there are many variables. One of them is paper. The weird thing is, I was able to get a better test print from cheap, Stonehenge than I was with expensive Lana Aquarelle.
Tonight I will also be trying it with gelatine. I plan on pouring it as I do with carbon transfer printing. I'll go with about 10% gelatine, and 5% dichromate added.
Gumoil1 by Andrew O'Neill, on Flickr
Latent image hanging up to dry. This attempt was on Lana Aquarelle. This time I used my plate burner as it is much brighter than my BLB unit. A time of 15 minutes yielded a much fuller looking image.
It's always a bit nerve wracking going into things like this with little knowledge. The exposed print goes into a "development" bath, to remove the soft, unexposed gum, as well as excess dichromate. And what temperature should the development bath water be? I went with 20C. I also found it difficult to judge when enough was enough. Once dry, I will ink it up and see...
Good for you to realize what you have. As jnanian observed, sharpness has its place, but is by no means a universal metric for a good photograph. I sometimes think these technical minutia are stressed as much as they are, because the folks who care that much don't know what else might be important.
Robert Capa has a book "Slightly out of focus" - lack of focus and sharpness did not prevent him .
it is nice to read that you
have realized sharpness has its place
as does no so sharpness.
don't get me wrong, i take sharp when i have to
but i would rather not.
there is more to a photograph than
contrast and everything being sharp and in focus
and a lot of people will never realize this.
thats ok, they do what they want ..
and as long as they aren't beating me on the head
with intolerant ideology it doesn't matter to me
what they do .. cause they are also having a good time.
Originally Posted by Peter Schrager
Thank you Peter...this type of photography was new to me.
I generally 'shoot' things that don't move except in the wind.
Originally Posted by rhmimac
Is the market for C41 developing gone?
For the consumer yes... for a cottage industry no. I was amused that my local grocery store had "cameras and film" on a card near the soda pop yesterday. I bet few of those disposable single use cameras are "developed" selling them between the pop and beer might be the best place.
And, the gentleman wearing a suit and hat . . .
What treasures. I love the presence of the children in the last one.