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    Platinum Printing at home

    My experience with alt processes is limited to lith prints and once watching a guy do daggueros ...

    My question is:

    Is platinum printing feasible in a home darkroom?

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    Platinum printing doesn't really require a "dark" room. The emulsion is applied in subdued light and is UV sensitive. You don't expose under an enlarger, you contact print under a UV lamp.
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    Yup. No special tools required, except for a UV light source and plenty of money!

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    Oooh. Well, nevermind. I don't shoot large format so contact prints are not a very good option. I just like the tones I see in platinum prints, thought it might be fun to experiment with.

    Thanks for the info!

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    I would recommend playing with bleached/toned cyanotype as a less expensive precursor to PT/PD. It is a somewhat similar procedure and can yield quite surprising results with practice.
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    It's certainly feasible, but you'd do well to experiment first with the other things like cyanotypes and toned cyanotypes for cheap hands on fun and learning. Same tools and paper, different chemistry. There are many images that make a terrible silver print and an awesome alt process print. Tones, midtones, colors, can make it or break it sometimes and it's good to have the creative output options.

    Many people make big negatives with a scanner and inkjet printer which they use to make alt process contact prints.

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    I echo the cyanotype suggestion. I started my alt explorations with digital negatives and cyanotypes. Now I own multiple LF cameras, and have fooled around with gum, platinum, and carbon as well.
    It's a slippery slope, but a fun toboggan ride.

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    Now I want to make 4x5 cyanotypes. Damn you guys.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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    Cyanotype has a nice look to it, too. Might be worth exploring!

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    FYI: we're reconfiguring the Cyano formula at BS with better DMAX and blues, so hopefully we can get that out this summer. There's been arguments if people would be interested, but I think it's great fun. I highly recommend playing with cyanos, but be forewarned on two things:

    First, cyanos are very contrasty, so your negs won't perform very well if they were developed for silver. PT/PD on the other hand, has a much more linear curve to it.

    Second, it's addicting!

    Both are easy to do in terms of mixing/coating/exposure, but getting it 'right' takes practice. Unfortunately, PD/PT prices aren't coming down.

    There's also another process called the Athenatype that might be available soon as well, which uses silver instead, but has a very similar look to PT/PD at a huge cost savings. Hopefully I can get a write up on that as well (summer is difficult! Too much to do!)
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