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    Dan, Paul
    Sorry you won't be there - I have a series of 8x10 images of a very dark roundhouse with steam engines -- all on different papers so you can compare (the detail in the blacks is the important part for this discussion...I keep seveal PDN created negatives for comparision printing when I try a new paper). Also the 4x5 sized step tablets images. I would have brought them for you to take a look at.

    I'm in the Portland area -- up in the hills nearby. Forested environment. Only gets real dry late in the summer, otherwise its nice and humid. A great place for alt image printing.

    Don
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    Quote Originally Posted by PVia View Post
    Don - No I won't be there, unfortunately. I just saw Per, as I live in the same town and he is always an inspiration to be around.

    Dan - It's always tough to print when the RH is that low. I had the same conditions in Pasadena a few weeks ago and was printing a small series. There was a bit of grain in my shadow tones that I had not experienced before. I ended up reprinting two of the prints when conditions were better. They weren't terrible or anything, just not exactly what I usually look for.

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    Run one of the cold humifiers in your darkroom for a period before printing.
    And get a humidity meter - I got a simple dial verstion from Light Impressions long ago; not sure if they still have them but you can find them locally as well.
    Don

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    I plan on getting an ultrasonic unit soon...it'll be handy for the house as well.

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    Paul, definitely try the glycerin method too, it can prove to be a nice diversity. (Especially for palladium; possibilities include better speed, higher dmax and/or colder print colors, plus more open shadows due slightly stronger printout. It will decrease emulsion speed with platinum btw...)

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    15 minute exposure !?

    hmmmm, I'm getting nice blacks in around a minute in NA2, A/B and Zia - might be a bit off topic as I'm not using Aquarelle (COT320, Platine, Kid Finish) - but 15 mins ... thats a lot tea drinking
    Cleared the bowel problem, working on the consonants...

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    I didn't try this paper at the workshop I just attended, but one of the others did. He had the same clearing problems as you had mentioned. They tried a stronger concentration of clearing bath which helped this particular paper.
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