Ah, I was thinking of Phyllis Donohue, but, indeed, I meant Katherine Gillis—she spots the Ansel Adams Special Editions, which Alan continues to print. That's quite a feat, considering two fine canines, dusty desert, and a kitty.
Thanks for sharing that post, Bill.
Bob, I'm weighing in a bit late but I often used the scalpel method with great success. The trick is to "shave" away the offending area gradually, then go back in and spot with a stippling effect. You must practice on a scrap print first. I used to make exhibition prints for a professional railroad photographer, and his prints looked like the negs had been run over by a locomotive. I hated doing editions for him. By the time I was done working a print, I'd be cross-eyed but at least he could not find where I worked the prints over, only if you held the print at a glare angle. Eventually he allowed me to spot the backside of his negatives, but passed away suddenly. I prefer this over scraping the print surface.
Ok so my retoucher Rose Sheler is back from Europe .. she is amazing btw for the bleach retouch.
So here is another question... I had her retouch on 30 x40 murals, the black hairs were very small and she has retouched just these small areas,.
I have refixed, selenium toned and now washing.
since she only retouched very small areas what are your thoughts on wash time after this second fix proceedure and then toning???
btw I am going to wash for and hour , but I question if its really needed since were are talking about very small areas compared to print size.
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Ok a bit of an update... bleach retouching on the print is a real pain in the ass if you are doing murals.
25 30 x40 inch murals printed washed and dryed properly,
then hand bleached by Rose Scheler of Toronto.
then Re fixed , selenium toned , hypo clear and wash to normal standards...
This is basically double the physical work and IMO too much handling , I am investigating a machine to use Old School that vibrates the negative and then density is applied to the negative to print white so that I do not have to go through this every time.
I brought Brad Pitt into the lab to pose with Paulette as she does the hard work.
That isn't an optical illusion, he really is that short!