An Obsessive Pursuit of Max Blac
An obsessive pursuit of Max Black will lead one
though many papers, many developers, and
a few inhassment techniques.
I do appreciate a good deep black where it belongs
but do not obsess. Fortunately papers that can
deliver are the norm. I dry glossy paper mat
fashion so the paper's sheen is a factor.
Then there are high-key and mat prints. You'll
not find what might be called Max Black
with either. Dan
IMHO, I don't think you can discuss this issue in a vacuum - you need to bring in the issue of how the print is to be seen or displayed as well.
As an example, if you are viewing it matted and framed, the matt colour is really important, and should influence how it is printed.
If the print is to be viewed under very bright, or very dim light, it should influence how it is printed.
I expect that there is more latitude ("wiggle room") when the subject has a wide range of tones, and less when the subject exhibits a narrower range of tones, or a particular "mood".
$0.02 worth, of course.
And there is what we see on the computer screen...
Careful now guys. Too many what-ifs kill the conversation. Your points are all valid true for all similar discussion about print tonality. The general suggestion of needing to print for the final display environment is a good one, not always possible, but always assumed.
Matt color? What matt color, is there anything but off-white?
Originally Posted by MattKing
I must be living in a very simple world.
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This is my thinking on the subject.
Originally Posted by keithwms
You can have a print that has very little black or very little white, there are plenty of fine images like this. You could probably even have no white or no black, but I don't think you want none of both. That would just make the image look poorly exposed or developed.
But... if an image works, then go with it. If there's any rule to art, it is not to strictly adhere to any rules.
The question that nobody seems to ask is: How important is purple?
I'm reminded of AA's definition of the fine print: "A photograph that meets the highest standards of technical excellence and succeeds in portraying the image visualized by the photographer." So the only thing that really matters, Thomas, is how you see it. If there's a rule to be followed, it's YOUR rule. Cheers, and keep up the great work!