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  1. #21

    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Willamette Valley, Oregon
    Medium Format
    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    I second Victor's idea of mixing a lot more chemistry.
    I can imagine instances where a great solution volume
    is the way to go. Most obvious are those occasions where
    volume production is needed and some little variation in
    results is tolerable.

    I came across lith printing entirely by chance. I was
    testing a hydroquinone, sulfite, carbonate blend on 5x7
    paper; volume 1/8 liter. As usual the chemistry was very
    dilute and used one-shot.

    When testing with very dilute developers I sometimes
    go very long; in this case eight minutes. Low and behold,
    after a very slow start the image quickly began to show
    increased density and contrast. It took some to to sink
    in that what I had concocted was a lith developer!
    That first lith print turned out great!

    Later I discovered that the developer I had brewed was
    of a type I refer to as Wall's Normal Hydroquinone. There
    are only a few of that type listed. All are easy home brews
    with few components.

    BTW, much easier to tell when to pull if using Graded Paper.
    The level of Visible light is very noticeably higher. Dan

  2. #22

    Join Date
    May 2006
    Medium Format
    Quote Originally Posted by Gennari View Post
    Actually, just yesterday I was wondering which one to get, but I figured, not being interested in digital techniques, that the old one would be more appropriate. Is that correct?
    Hi, and welcome,
    The older one is the 'how & why to do it' book.

    The second one has a different brief - to update the first in areas of the considerable changes in materials to those of 'today', and to introduce newer techniques.
    Digital techniques are a relatively small part of the book and of that partly related to areas where it augments the darkroom - digital negs for darkroom contact printing; darkroom prints for outputting on alternative materials digitally etc.
    It also introduces lith work in different styles and genres from around the world for intsruction and inspiration.

    The aim is not to overlap with the first book, although there is a brief synopsis of what LP is, for those who don't know.

  3. #23
    matti's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Multi Format
    Is it only me that use the advice to flick the non-safe light switch, when you think the print is ready? I don't remember where it is from, but probably one of the excellent Rudman-books. It seems there is not enough time to fog the paper if you do it for a couple of shorts bursts right at the end of the development.

  4. #24

    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    >>>That's how it is, in my experience. Completely irreproducible, but stunning when it "just happens" to be right.<<<

    And you're giving it into a print exchange? I'm afraid if I got one right I'd just want to keep it in my hot little hand! (NOT that I'm wanting to discourage your generosity! Really.)

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