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    caffenol c

    hi there

    i am a big fan of using coffee-developer for film,
    but want to use it with paper ...

    i'm going on a trip and don't want to deal with
    bringing photochemicals on a plane (for obvious reasons )
    and figured coffee vit c and laundry detergent
    area everywhere .. so what the heck ...

    has anyone experience with this?

    thanks in advance!
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    Hi John;
    I have printed quite a few shots with caffenol. Depending on the paper you are using, your results can be quite interesting. My "best" results are with some very (very) old Kodak Polymax semi matte. http://www.woophy.com/map/download.p...e=320120%2Ejpg
    On Kentmere Glossy the results are a very pleasant dark sepia tone.
    I just use the straight Caffenol recipe, and develop for 3-4 min. (or until I like the look... or can't stand the smell any longer.)

    Cheers,
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    Toffle, I really like that print. Nice brown tone.

    The contrast could be higher, but I'm sure that that could be fixed by adjusting the developer / printing timest, etc.

    Did the developer cause that sort of wavy pattern across the image?

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    weird, Tom. This came up here a little while ago, but without much practical result: http://www.apug.org/forums/forum37/3...developer.html

    good luck and if you get any good results I'd love to hear about it.

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    I'm pretty sure the effect here is because the paper was so old. Prints on new paper just have more of a toned effect. Also, I suppose it makes a difference how thoroughly you mix the ingredients. I'm a musician, and I'm often drawn to John Cage's philosophy in that random/unpredictable elements can be effective artistic tools. That being said, if you want absolute control with repeatable results, use professional chemistry in your trays and drink your coffee.

    I'm glad you like the shot. I'll see if I have something available online to show caffenol on regular papers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laverdure View Post
    weird, Tom. This came up here a little while ago, but without much practical result: http://www.apug.org/forums/forum37/3...developer.html

    good luck and if you get any good results I'd love to hear about it.
    hi laverdure

    sorry, i missed that thread, and when i searched, i didn't find it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toffle View Post
    I'm pretty sure the effect here is because the paper was so old. Prints on new paper just have more of a toned effect. Also, I suppose it makes a difference how thoroughly you mix the ingredients. I'm a musician, and I'm often drawn to John Cage's philosophy in that random/unpredictable elements can be effective artistic tools. That being said, if you want absolute control with repeatable results, use professional chemistry in your trays and drink your coffee.

    I'm glad you like the shot. I'll see if I have something available online to show caffenol on regular papers.

    Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada
    thanks tom!

    that looks beautiful.

    i also am drawn to john cage's philosophy.
    entropy is quite helpful

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    We had some "modern" composers in Norfolk, VA. Those things are difficult to play. The good thing is that nobody in the audience can tell when a musicisn plays the wrong note. At one rehearsal the composer was sitting with a notepad. Whenever a musician made a mistake, he made a mark in his pad. We theorized that he was making the mistake a part of his final version. He never would tell.
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    Here are a couple of examples of more traditional Caffenol printing. (That's the strangest oxymoron I've heard in a long time.) Caffenol printing on Kentmere VC Glossy RC paper.
    http://www.woophy.com/map/download.p...e=328182%2Ejpg
    http://www.woophy.com/map/download.p...e=328183%2Ejpg

    These are fairly typical of my results printing with Caffenol. Developing times are usually 4-5 minutes.

    Cheers,
    Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada

    Ansel Adams had the Zone System... I'm working on the points system. First I points it here, and then I points it there...

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    Tom,

    Why do you suppose you got such quick (4-5m) results where most of us who posted in the last thread on this subject came in at around 20 minutes? It was the amount of time involved, rather than quality issues, which made me give up my own tentative research.

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