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View Poll Results: What is the largest Enlarged Print You Make?

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  • 5x7

    0 0%
  • 8x10

    9 11.11%
  • 11x14

    32 39.51%
  • 16x20

    27 33.33%
  • 20x24 or larger

    13 16.05%
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  1. #31

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    I print a lot of 8x10 work prints, but final prints are almost always 11x14 or 16x20 (I prefer the look of 16x20, but print more 11x14's). I think I would really like 12x16, wish that size was available in the US. I have printed a couple of 20x24's in recent years, but they always seem a little too big.

    In a past life, I worked in a photo studio where I made a few 30x40's but not from my negatives. I have a set of 30x40 trays that I've never used, they don't fit in my darkroom and I don't know what I'd print that big.

    My darkroom is about 9x13' and I can put 4 20x24 trays in my sink, though 16x20 trays fit more easily.

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    John,
    12X16 paper is available from JandC photo in the event that you are interested. I use their polywarmtone classic and it is fine paper.

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    I use 35MM film, print up to 8x10 most of the time. I do rarely go to 11x14, but I have never felt like framing any of the 11x14 prints. I like framing both 8x10 and 5x7 prints in 11x14 and 8x10 frames respectively.
    Cheers, Shesh

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    Funny thing, at the gallery, people will select a 16x20 black and white print but then ask if it is available in a "smaller" (meaning less expensive - I'm sure) format. They usually settle on an 11x14 on a 16x20 mat. I think I see where they come from: a fully framed 16x20 takes up a lot of space in many of the smaller homes in the Annapolis area (1. historic and 2. the newest push to high-end condos) and smaller work allows more room for additional art. Actually I have never sold a 16x20, but the judges sure like 'em. I guess size counts sometimes ;-)

    Truly, dr bob.

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    Has anyone, cut down 16x20 to 12x16 or 14x17 - if so how do you see to size. Don, thanks for the heads up on the 12x16 from JandC, may give that a try. Would the 12x16 mat up in a 16x20 mat OK?

    Thanks, Mike C
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    Quote Originally Posted by photomc
    Has anyone, cut down 16x20 to 12x16 or 14x17 - if so how do you see to size. Don, thanks for the heads up on the 12x16 from JandC, may give that a try. Would the 12x16 mat up in a 16x20 mat OK?

    Thanks, Mike C
    I would tend to move to 20X24 if I were matting a 12X16 print. (appr. 4 inch sides, 3 1/2 inch top, 4 1/2 inch bottom) However that is a matter of personal preference. Some folks prefer larger mats and others don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheryl Jacobs
    I'm printing almost all 10x10 on 11x14 now. I'd love to go larger, and I have plenty of space to do it (14'x18' dedicated darkroom) but my enlarger would definitely need to be upgraded. And I've got to find a deal on a darkroom sink, a big one. Right now, printing is serious exercise, as I have to run up two flights of stairs to the bathtub to wash all prints larger than 8x10. *eeeeeeesh*
    You have running water for the small stuff, eh? I made a wash tank for 16x20 by hanging some plumbing on one of those plastic bins that the convenience stores get thier shipments in. You'd just need a spot to put it thats higher than the drain. The plumbing is optional if you can manage to drain the thing without pouring it on the floor.

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    My Bobinoir is capable of processing 51" wide roll paper (practically up to 30 feet length), but my current darkroom is not suited for wall projection. So I' currently limited to my easel 40*27". But my drum- and PE-dryer* are limited to 24". I found that drying larger prints is the most challenging part of making such murals.

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    My largest prints come as 11"x11" and 11"x14". I feel that viewing photographs should be an intimate experience. It also adds to the drama involved in viewing. Subtle surprises reveal themselves upon close inspection, where viewing a large print advertizes itself from a distance. I subscribe to the "build small fire, move in close", as opposed to the "build big fire stand way back" theory.
    I overheard a fellow photographer proclaim that "people like em big". My response to that remark is if an image is good, it is good at any size. Conversely, playing bad music louder certainly doesn't make it sound any better.
    My $.02

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    I print squares and rectangles on 5x7, 8x10, 11x14, and 16x20 paper. Some of my prints look best at 5x7, others look great at 16x20. Almost everything gets printed 8x10 at least once.

    I have my own darkroom. Right now I can dry about 30 8x10s or 6 16x20s at one time. I need to figure out more drying space. I wash my 11x14 and smaller in the darkroom, and move to the bath tub in a DIY washing tray for the 16x20s.

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