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    I'm new to this and don't know squat but I had to comment on your images. They are really really nice. I like the subjects, compositions, tones, etc...

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    Personally, I use Dick's numbers but have experimented with other solutions. As Jorge mentioned, consistency..... The only thing I don't like about the Na2 method is the different tones which result from more or less Na2 - the more Na2 you use, the cooler the tone and vice versa. Having said that, I've managed to print negatives using the Na2 method which were previously just way too flat to get a good result before. One good thing though, those fog shots are normally really flat and seem to lend themselves to cooler tones(which is what you'll end up with)!

    Quote Originally Posted by scootermm
    I thought of posting an image or two in the gallery but then realized I had a few questions etc.
    I got from Bostick&Sullivan some Sodium Chloroplatinate (Na2) about 10ml along with my normal order of some palladium #3 and an equal amount of FO. I wanted to try out the Na2 method of contrast control. It had been suggested by numerous people (and people that quite honestly know a whole lot more than I, so I heeded the advice)
    So I tried my hand at it last night.

    Also the last week here in Austin weve had an abnormal amount of fog for our area. So I went out a few days ago in the early part of the morning to explore taking some photos in the fog. Something I have little experience in. But I really enjoyed and have always wanted to try.

    New Sweden Lutheran Church - outside Manor Texas.
    http://www.scootermagruder.com/photo..._Fog1_pdpt.jpg
    I used 33 drops of FO, 33 Drops of Palladium, 3 Drops of Na2

    just off of IH 35 - south of Austin
    http://www.scootermagruder.com/photo..._Fog2_pdpt.jpg
    I used 33 drops of FO, 33 Drops of Palladium, 2 Drops of Na2

    Manda cemetery
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    I used 33 drops of FO, 33 Drops of Palladium, 3 Drops of Na2

    Oldest 2 room school house in Travis County - Manda School House
    http://www.scootermagruder.com/photo..._Fog4_pdpt.jpg
    I used 33 drops of FO, 33 Drops of Palladium, 2 Drops of Na2

    my question is Ive gotten a couple different mindsets/opinions about how to make the addition of the Na2. Dick Arentz site mentions it should be used in Addition to the total metal drop count (as in 33 FO drops, 33 Pd Drops, +the Na2 drops)
    while some others have mentioned that the Na2 Drops should be a substitute (33 FO drops, 30 Pd drops, +3 Na2 Drops)
    what if any is the advantage of either method and what are the methods and opinions of those who work with the Na2 contrast method.

    by the way I do quite like the results of it. noticeable nicer and smoother sky tones etc. (the fog shots ended up being a good way to test this out as I did some comparisons between the Na2 method and the traditional FO w/chlorate.

    also, would love anybodys thoughts opinions critiques on the images. '


    thanks.

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    Others know WAY more than I regarding chemistry, so I'll just comment on the photographs.

    I like them a lot.

    Only nit-pick would be to choose only one receding-road-into-the-distance-shot. Although I like them both. I've been concentrating on the 7x17 format lately, so thanks for sharing your images. It gives me ideas on how others are cropping reality within the rectangle.

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