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    Maturing Prints?

    I often times run across a dilemma before I print negatives, especially people photography. I develop my negatives, make sure I do it right, and then I look at them briefly, and store them in a binder. Then I take them out every once in a while, letting the impression of it sort of soak in.
    I cannot take the negative to the darkroom and print it and do well until the impression has sunk in, making sure I understand my 'image'. If I try prematurely I fail miserably. Now this presents an interesting problem, especially with people photography - they usually want feedback and results instantly. Yesterday I printed a negative that had sat for nine months. I hadn't been ready until then.
    How do you react to this? What is your method? Can you develop a neg, and as soon as it dries, you start printing?

    Thankful for some elaboration on this. Am I the weird odd ball, or are there more people like me

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    My printing is rarely done immediately after a negative is developed. Certainly not in the same evening. Usually, it takes me a week or two (most of the time, it's longer than that) to get around to printing.
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    Why not go a step further and contact proof them, Thomas? Might be a different starting point for the "soaking-in" process and might lead you a better (or at least faster) decision process. I proof all, print few and hang them up somewhere. In my case, looking at the prints for a while (weeks sometimes) leads me to understand how I want to "adjust" them.
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    I contact print my negatives immediately. Then make straight prints of those that show promise. I then stick the print on the wall of my office where I will have to look at them everyday. Everyday I see new burning and dodging, etc. possiblities and have a pen and paper for notes. Sometimes I print within a few days and sometimes it is months later.
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    Good ideas, I would like to have been the one to think of those. So I'm not the only one with decision making difficulties, I just have to learn new methods.

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    I use the same method as Bill Mobbs. But I've found that the straight prints are good enough for the immediate gratification crowd. It's a recognizable face and because (in my case) it's black and white, it must be "artsy".

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    I usually scan those negs that i think will be a print at some time. put them on my screen saver at work and let them run for a while.
    There are an occational exceptions but rarely do i go to the darkrom to print right after developing my negs.

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    Negatives change while in storage. This is fact. It cannot be disputed. I have had the most fantastic pictures on the back of a groundglass completely ruined through storage. My vision at the time of composition was flawless. The image completely degrades during processing and negative storage to the point where I wonder who in heck came in and substituted my fantastic photograph with this substandard negative in my files? Even more puzzling, is where did that great image I saw go? Who has it? And why are they getting famous with it and not me?
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    My experience is just the opposite of Joe's = my negatives seems to improve with storage. A lot of times, I'm stunned by how great a negative has become sitting in a folder for two or three years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by juan View Post
    My experience is just the opposite of Joe's = my negatives seems to improve with storage. A lot of times, I'm stunned by how great a negative has become sitting in a folder for two or three years.
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    yeah, i'm often shocked at what a genius i once was!

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