semi glossy Pt/Pd prints
As many here would agree Pt/Pd prints and kallitypes loose some of the magic when dry down. I think it is partially due to the matt finish. I recall David Michael Kennedy's prints which were not exactly matt, more semi-glossy. Any idea how does he achieve this sort of finish?
One option would be applying Hydrocote Polyshield Clear Gloss or Satin polyurethane wood finish to the paper. You can use a brush or a wire wound coating rod to apply it + you can use it undiluted or diluted with water. It protects the surface very very effectively therefore it may be a good choice for exhibition prints. (Because you can exhibit prints w/o glass since you can wipe the surface with a damp cloth if it gets dusty / dirty -> the coating is absolutely impervious...)
I gain around log 0.4 dmax with the Satin version.
Below there's the description of the product:
"...The supreme finish of all, short of polyester. A super tough, super hard, non-yellowing polyurethane that is UV stable to meet the most demanding wood surface protection, interior and exterior. ... Highly versatile - apply by brush, spray or wipe on. Self-sealing (for exterior application), or seal with our Clear Wood Sealer (for interior application), if so desired..."
I must admit that I like better the matte surface of my alt. prints; S/G is a better option if you absolutely need high dmax. A glossy Pd print doesn't look right to my eyes. Each to his/her own...
edit: If you experience compression in shadow tones after drydown then you probably should recalibrate your negative making -> so that shadow tones are pushed to the straight line portion (instead of remaining in the toe) of the negative's characteristic curve.
Last edited by Loris Medici; 05-17-2007 at 02:10 AM. Click to view previous post history.
Reason: adding a final comment
I've been experimenting with Kallitypes on photo paper. I could not get a decent coating on high-gloss paper; but have had better results with Bromoprint paper which is a non-super gloss (matte finish). Add a drop of Tween to the sensitizer. Solarization can be controlled thru increasing the ratio of silver nitrate to ferric oxalate (eg, 2:1). Would think pt/pl could also be applied to such papers.
Craig Koshyk has a short booklet with methods for printing pt./pd on baryta papers, which gives more Dmax and gloss, depending on what surface you use. I believe there is a.pdf file of this booklet for sale. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
DMK's prints may have been waxed with a product like this.
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I have good results waxing prints with purified white beeswax dissolved in lavender oil. While I wouldn't call the treated prints glossy, beeswax certainly makes the blacks deeper.
Thank you. I was also looking at Edward Weston's platinum prints the other day and noticed the same or similar kind of finish.