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    carbon and smooth tones

    Everything I have read says to NOT try to use negs with large expenses of smooth tones like skies or or skin tones when you start.

    There really is no explanation that I have found to explain what the pit falls are. Can someone enlighten me as to what the pit falls are or the possible issues that might arise? I have a still life project in mind.
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    I think I have said it once or twice -- but merely to warn folks not to get too discouraged when trying the process for the first time. Actually the opposite is true -- large areas of smooth tonality will quickly point out any sloppiness in one's process.

    Possible pitfalls:

    Incomplete or uneven mixing of the pigment in the glop
    Excessive graininess caused by poor pigment choice (particles of carbon too big)
    Beard hairs, dust, etc in the glop
    Uneven sensitizing
    Defects on the neg

    That is what I can think of right now.

    vaughn
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    That is not bad.
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    It's the lightest smooth tones that usually cause trouble, as they are the thinnest and most fragile portion of gelatin.
    "Technique" is everything
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    I have a 5x7 carbon print of a woman (nude) standing by a redwood. Beautiful print -- but there is a beard hair in the gelatin right in the middle of her left cheek of her bum.
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    I have a 5x7 carbon print of a woman (nude) standing by a redwood. Beautiful print -- but there is a beard hair in the gelatin right in the middle of her left cheek of her bum.
    Was it in the negative too?
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    Way to many bad things I want to say about that post vaughn.
    Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI

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    I said in the gelatin, boys...
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    I said in the gelatin, boys...
    At least you didn't say in the 'glop'
    - Ian

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    OMG!!!! I just snorted my coffee!

    But really guys!!!

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