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    6X9 for alt processes?

    Im realizing its gonna take a while before I get a LF camera so I dusted off my old Clack. Its no great picturemaking machine but it produces 6X9 negs so I figured I could get aquainted with Saltprinting and maybe Argyrotype using those. What do you guys/gals think? A little small? yeah I know
    Should I make a contactprinting frame for that size or a bigger one for when I move up in format?
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    go for it, i have seen some lovely small prints with vdb and palladium.
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    I'd say use the Clack for now and have fun. If you can get a printing frame (4x5 would work great), that would work. Otherwise, you can just as well use heavy, double weight glass (like for tabletops) from your local glass dealer.

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    I might have a spare 6.5x9cm contact printing frame somewhere...
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    I've made a number of 6x9 contact prints. I think they work well, but I've found the subject matter needs to be less cluttered.
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    I use my Brownie No.2 to produce nice big 6x9 negs for contact printing all the time. It's a bit better than using plain 6x6 but 6x6 still can be used, in my experience.

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    No , I don't think 6x9 is too small at all. Several people are doing what you are thinking of, including myself. I have a 6x9 Ikon that I want to use for a series of nudes printed in platinum.

    In fact, I was at The Print Center here in Philadelphia this morning, and I saw a series of 6x6 platinum prints that were just gorgeous.

    I wish you the best of luck.
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    I too have seen some very nice 6x9 and 6x12 contacts.

    You could also enlarge slightly by the digital neg method, which I guess we won't discuss here

    Something I am playing with: enlarging smallish chromes (6x7 or so) to ~5x7" or 8x10". For some purposes I think it's perfectly fine, assuming of course that you started with a very fine chrome. E.g. I've done 6x6cm scala -> 8x8" paper neg and I like that a lot. Enlarging to polaroid for transfers also seems to work quite nicely in many cases. It all depends, of course, on how much detail the composition demands.

    Anyway small is a nice way to start, you can try a lot of different thigns at low cost using roll film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole View Post
    I might have a spare 6.5x9cm contact printing frame somewhere...
    If you do I might be interested Just PM me with price etc.
    Thanks Ole.
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    Wauv I didn't realize small contacts were so popular. I was thinking about the enlarging to a more "decent" size but Im still without a proper darkroom though I do have both a 35mm and 6X7 enlarger now. The shed still needs to be converted. Ill go and shoot some 6X9 negs.
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