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    Van Dyke troubles

    I've just started doing some Van Dyke prints, and I'm having all kinds of problems. The most annoying is that in the shadows, I don't get a deep rich brown -- I get this shimmering metallic silver. It appears in the darkest border areas during exposure, and then throughout the print once it has dried.
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    Its solarization from overexposure in printing. Back off on the exposure.

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    Thanks, Brook.

    I have some fairly dense negatives that have required very long exposures to get any highlight detail (including one 8-hour exposure under four blacklight bulbs). I'm just not sure how to expose long enough to get a detailed print, yet avoid this effect.
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    I had the same kind of problems when I was using really dense negs I thought I needed for azo. I had to abandon some of these negs when I realized I would never get good prints out of them. If the solarization is not too extreme, palladium toning can reverse some of the solarization, but here I would mask the negs so as not to waste a lot of expensive toner on the borders.

    Depending on what paper you use, double coating may help. I setteled on Arches Platine just to avoid a variable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPablo View Post
    Thanks, Brook.

    I have some fairly dense negatives that have required very long exposures to get any highlight detail (including one 8-hour exposure under four blacklight bulbs). I'm just not sure how to expose long enough to get a detailed print, yet avoid this effect.
    There is really nothing you can do to prevent solarization in VDB with this type of negative. As mentioned, toning with palladium ir platinum may reverse, at least partially so, the solarization. You could also reduce the negatives.

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    I'm sure someone will be along shortly with a cross, hammer, and nails, but have you considered making digital negs with curve corrections applied? There's sticking to form and there's actually making the image you want...

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    Solarisation can also happen if you overcoat the paper.. had that on some of my few first prints when I was experimented with double coating.

    And you can reverse some of the effect with just a quick dunk into a very, very, VERY weak selenium.

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    Van Dyke trouble

    Hi,

    At lot of useful info at unblinkingeye.

    link: http://unblinkingeye.com/Articles/Ferric/ferric.html

    Good luck,

    /Clay

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicolai View Post
    I'm sure someone will be along shortly with a cross, hammer, and nails, but have you considered making digital negs with curve corrections applied? There's sticking to form and there's actually making the image you want...

    Good idea! In the real world I might have suggested the same.

    But to avoid certain crucification for these thoughts you should take them to the hybrid forum. http://www.hybridphoto.com/forums/

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    I have had impure thoughts, I have--this is just so hard for me to say--SCANNED my film... am I beyond redemption?

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