> What I don't understand, how do you manage to print three photos for each exchange? I am getting totally exhausted from printing just one set!
I usually sus out potential images for postcard exchanges well in advance of needing to print, and list them on a page tacked to a cork board board beside my dry desk.
So when the time to print comes, I am not humming and hawing on what to print.
Just open the right neg filer page plus contact sheet binder, look over the first one that rings the bell for the time, and start.
Fish out the neg, load the right neg carrier, spin the right lens into place, and change the diffuser if necessary. Analyse to guess at the right contrast filtration to start, and set the lens aperture for a likely exposure of about 12-16 seconds.
Print the image in f/stop increments between 8 and 32 seconds using a great little printer rig that blasts the 7 strips for these times as 7 1"x5" segments side by side on a single 5x7 piece of paper. Confirm from test strip if I need to change fitration, or make a mask to help aviod dodging and burning on every print.
I develop for 3" 1:3 in agfa 100 - a diy mix clone of Dektol if printing on FB, or 2" 1:2 if RC.
Make notes of the best time when wet. Let dry, and (if rushed) microwave them dry to get a handle on dry down. Adjust time to account for dry down, usually just for FB.
Make notes. Cut paper to size, if needed before the mass printing session.
Mass production comes as a second session. I expose about 16 -18 at a time, and lay them face down after exposure, out of line of the enlarges light spill on the dry desk.
I develop the almost 5x7 prints in a well filled 11x14 tray all 16 at a time. I flip them into the developer face down as soon as the one under it it wet. One hand is wet, one hand stays dry until all exposed prints in the stack are in the tray. Then I turn the stack, and start flipping them continously stack to stack. I flip them out into a well filled stop bath- acid if fb, running water if rc, and then an rc rinse before going into a gallon of TF-3 1:3 for fixing in a deep 11x14 tray, and flip again, like in the developer. On to second fix, rinse, hypo clear if FB.
I wash 16 at a time with a tray syphon and a 20x24 tray, and regualrly clear print piles.
So in one night after work I can get though printing about 32-34 prints.
Obviously FB takes longer than RC. I have a clothes pin line over the sink that lets me corner clip the RC prints. Under the sink I have horizontal mesh screens that lets me dry FB face down.
FB is harvested off the screens the next morning and squashed between 2 peices of plywood held by clamps for a few dary to kill off most of the curl.
I make a note of the image and compile the notes in the morning at work, and when enough printing is done I string 3 sets of printing notes together, and then print tehem off and cut the info notes up. I have dry mounted the notes printed onto cardstock in the past to put DW FB postcards though the mail, but that is a lot of work.
I have also printed onto labesl, as others have already discussed.
I printed a lot while hanging out with my 8 and 11 yo kids over the week between Chistmas and New Years when they were off school and I was vacationing.
I printed 7 different images in those days for over 230 5x7 size prints, and actually have the next round of 3 fers ready to go, and one print for my planned round of 3 fers for the round after that on hold ready to go.
Mostly I print postcard images ahead to get me into the darkroom. It is sometimes a few weeks between when I even set foot in there these days.
Then I get the occassional commercial assignment, but printing them is usally not a fun.
Otherwise it is the responsibilities of being Dad, hubby, and the project manager for a small team at work that occupies my busy time by day, and a lot of night and weekend times.
my real name, imagine that.
I’ve received card(s) from 8 people so far in this exchange:
Dave Martiny - “Untitled” - nicely seen, and well printed too
gurkenprinz - “Early Morning in India” - beautiful light and such a feeling of motion
meltronic - “Pastoral Scene” - mysterious, and is that a deer?
Mike Wilde - three prints again this exchange - “Post Industrial Abandon” - I don’t know whether it is the light, or the paper, but this looks like a print from the 1960s - “Leo’s Fish & Chips in St. John’s” - I really like the expressions - “Toronto’s Yonge at Dundas circa 1985" - suits the paper well!
Moopheus - “Williams Candy” - it looks like they are winking at me
Oxleyroad - “Footprint, Sand and Pebbles” - subtle colour, and interesting forms
rst - “Into the Light” - a very nice pinhole image
sly - “Snow Fence” - a very nice contact print - I feel cold just looking at it
8 down, 20 to go
Thanks to everyone for participating.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
Two more cards have arrived.
5stringdeath: "Summer, St. Louis, MO" and hpulley: "Night Clings".
Idealism is easy on a full stomach
Thank you hpulley. Nice camera and definitely nice job of pushing this film! It's funny how digital users get obsessed with just a little bit of grain while you managed to create a great atmosphere by adding quite a bit of it
Originally Posted by hpulley
Thank you Mike for such a detailed description of your process! It's great that you are able to keep all these responsibilities and manage to find time for the darkroom fun. So far I've been printing the postcards in just one session, that's why it's been a bit overwhelming. I'll try the smaller batches next time. Thanks!
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I love grain. Perhaps I'll use some Delta 3200 pushed to 6400 or 12500 next round...
Originally Posted by anikin
Yesterday I received Sly's snowing again. Al large format photo! I like the card very mach. It is a contact print taken with a Crown Graphic camera.
Two more for me as well:
Sly Snowing scene. I love the light wintery tones of this contact print. Oh, and love the stamps with insects on the back!
ignatiu5 Spires. That's university? I thought is was some church or a mosque! The moon makes a really nice touch!
Same here received yesterday .. thanks!
Originally Posted by piu58
Lot's of cards received, many great images. My cards are in the post office today, with any luck they'll make their way across the world over the next few weeks.