Been practicing on enlarging! (some scans here)
I've been shooting analog for a year or so, and recently an interest in printing myself emerged! It's super fun, and it feels much more rewarding making a print with my own hands, rather than editing in photoshop, running through photomatix and stuff.
So, I've gotten access to the uni darkroom - which isn't much of a darkroom, to be honest. There is tons of old, waster chemistry that I'm planning on taking to special waste. There are many packages of old, fogged paper that is useless for anything other than demonstrating that it's possible to get a picture by lowering the exposed paper into the baths. This is the paper I've been practicing on - and it's been a slow walk! Hours after hours with being annoyed that my prints are grey, flat and lifeless - and with ugly grey-ish blobs of foggyness randomly placed over the print! In addition, the chemistry I used, was probably useless. Sitting too long in on the shelf, several years. The uni paper used analog up until digital cameras where normal to have, and I suppose you realise that is some years ago :)
Soo, I bought my own paper, a pack of MGIV pearl, along with some ilford chemistry for paper development, namely MG developer, ilfostop and some rapid fix. The effect was drastic!
I bought 13x18cm paper, which limits the possibilities for dodging and burning a bit. I'm only starting out trying that as well, but the principles are easy enough. One of the hard things is to figure out how to split the exposures, making sure it all adds up to the basic exposure of the work print, hehe.
Here are three prints, scanned with my girlfriends Canon MP520.
Common for all of these are:
60 secs in MG 1+9
30 seconds in ilfostop 1+19
around 60-90 seconds in rapid fix 1+4
2-5 minutes wash in still water bath (should probably have used running water)
Base exp: 10 seconds
minus 5 seconds on the hangar and some shadows
minus 5 seconds on the motor and volvo sign.
These dodgings were done with a tool smaller than the area dodged, so the effective dodging time isn't really 5 seconds.
Gunder sin gamle, blå traktor by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr
Base exp: 12 seconds:
5 secs (magenta 30) on everything
7 secs (magenta 30) on everything BUT the acre.
7 secs (magenta 45) on the acre itself.
Garden by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr
Base exp: 6 seconds
Upper part, from just under the light: +1,5 seconds to mask some black part of a doorway or something, that looked really bad when this part was lighter. Magenta filter: 40.
4 Ferdig by Anders Myhre Brakestad, on Flickr
Thanks for reading. Tips and help is greatly appreciated! :)