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    Move from RC to FB paper

    It has been many years now since I printed on RC paper. I do remember the pleasant surprise when I took the plunge and bought my first boxes of 8x10 Seagull graded paper. The blacks that jumped off the page and whites that glowed had me convinced that Ansel would have been proud. (In retrospect, he wouldn't have but it was a fun thought.)

    My daughter-in-law came took a photography class and, of course, all students used RC. She walked away with a "Best Image" award for her work - very promising. We will be reprinting her favorite negatives on FB soon and I look forward to watching her reaction.

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    I never printed on RC paper. How is it ??? ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Papantoniou
    I never printed on RC paper. How is it ??? ;-)
    Stiff. Dan

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    Much quicker. Half the time in development and fixer and just a few minutes in washing. Visually I feel the RC paper just doesn't have the "punch" of fiber but great for doing work prints to see what you have.
    "When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers"
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    Cheap, quick but IMHO limiting.

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    Find it hard to understand

    I know that Apug has members that use Rc as a serious medium for fine art work. I believe that one can achieve a very high quality print on RC that is beautiful. I very appreciate that RC paper is less expensive in time, cash outlay and resource usage. I am convinced that with toning and Sistan that the LE of the print is improved.

    I myself do not consider my work to be art. I do hope that it is expressive and nicely crafted. At 64 years of age I find myself thinking of leaving a photographic legacy. I am extremely concerned about making prints that should last. I can not afford to work in either carbon or platinum therefore, irrespective of any other consideration, this old dog is not going to learn any RC tricks and I will continue to use fiber based paper that is toned and thoroughly washed.

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    RC?

    What exactly is RC? I thought they made that stuff for bathroom mats. Only jokin' folks!
    Regards, Peter

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    Peter, Claire, Gerald, Dan and Bruce, thanks for the replies but in fact I was just being cynical...

    I only use RC for contacts, never used it for anything else. Couldn't agree more with you all...

    Cheers

    George

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire Senft
    I am extremely concerned about making prints that should last.
    I can not afford to work in either carbon or platinum ...
    How about Gold? Have you considered Nelson's Gold Toner? I've
    reason to believe it is the least expensive of toners and the equal
    of sepia or hypo-alum for archival purposes. Dan

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    Hypo alum is not archival.
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