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    Sinar P 8x10", 36cm/f:4.5 Heliar wide open at about 1/15 sec
    TXT, ABC Pyro 1+1+1+7, 18 min. at 70-deg F (which would be about N+1, compared to what I would normally do for an Azo grade 2 print, and maybe N+2 compared to what I'd do for a print on enlarging paper).

    Here's a detail--

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    This is pretty good, is the color of the print this way or was it toned? BTW, did you use the albumen right away or was it denaturated for a while?

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    This landscape really shows off the attraction of the self-masking property of albumen printing. There is no way to get all this detail in the sky without losing the shadows on an Azo grade 2 print with a water bath, without also dodging and burning or using a contrast mask. The scan doesn't come close to doing justice to the print, but just to convey a suggestion of it--



    8x10" Sinar P, Lee 12 filter (medium-dark yellow), 8-1/4" Gold Dot Dagor, f:32, 1.5 sec
    TMX, D-76 (1+1), 16', 75 deg. F (about N+3 compared to what I would normally use for Azo).

    And here's another detail--


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge
    This is pretty good, is the color of the print this way or was it toned? BTW, did you use the albumen right away or was it denaturated for a while?
    Thanks, Jorge. Albumen prints are usually gold toned. Without toning, they disappear. If I print this again, I'll tone it longer to get a less reddish tone. We didn't start experimenting with toning times until the end of the workshop, so this is about 3-4 minutes in a 15% gold chloride solution with 4% citric acid as a preservative. After toning, the prints are fixed in plain hypo, which tends to make them a bit redder, and then the tone can shift again (seems to be cooler) with exposure to heat from the dryer or press.
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    Also we mixed a fresh batch of albumen to learn the process, but we used an aged batch of albumen, but it was only a day or two old, I think. Daniel Levin uses powdered egg white that you can find at a health food store, and he seemed to think that long aging periods were not necessary with the powder, but it might be different if you start from raw eggs.
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    Thanks David, there is an article in Unblinking eye about making your own POP, but it sounds a lot like albumen prints, you might be interested in it.

    Anyhow, good job.

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    David,

    Thanks for the information and the scans. Fascinating.

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    Thanks guys.
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    Photography (not as up to date as the flickr site)--http://www.davidagoldfarb.com/photo
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    David,

    Nice! I especially like the portrait. A couple questions:

    In the detail of the eye, the image looks grainy. Is this film grain, print grain. or paper texture picked up by the scanner? What paper(s) did you use to print on? Finally, tell me what lens you used for the portrait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerik
    Finally, tell me what lens you used for the portrait.
    Figured I could pop in and answer this one. I was wondering the same thing, Kerik. After re-reading the thread a couple of times (I'm quite interested in albumen printing) I actually noticed the blurb underneath the photo:

    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
    Sinar P 8x10", 36cm/f:4.5 Heliar wide open at about 1/15 sec
    I am also interested in what is causing the graininess of the image.
    Let's see what I've got in the magic trash can for Mateo!

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