All right. I am new! I have been using large format cameras for three years now. I have dedicated al lot of my time to the learning of technique and I seem to be reaching a point where it is easy to come back home with some decent negatives. I have printed all my negatives on AZO paper. It is a wonderful paper but many times I feel the need for some other qualities in the print that a silver paper can not provide. Have you been there too?
What I mean is that I feel the need to explore into other photographic processes. I have printed some negatives with palladium ziatypes but not enough to became proficient at extracting the full range of tonalities of my negatives. I am sure that more dedication will get me there. What I love about Ziatipes is the velvety texture and the warm tones.
I have read many books on alt processes. From all that I have read I seem to have developed an interest in the carbon process. This process seems one of the most involved and difficult to master, yet there is something that calls me towards it. Seeing a good print with the full range of tones would probably dispell any doubts about whether it is worth the sweat or not.
This is my dream: To be able to print a 12x20" negative on a beautiful watercolor paper and obtain a stunning image full of the most luscious creamy velvety tones that go from a slight warm white to the depest and well separated bitter chocolate brown black. All of this with the sharpness of a contact print on silver paper.
My question: Is this dream of mine something I should leave for future reincarnations, or is the carbon printing process capable of rendering what I am looking for?