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    Very large contact print... Is it possible? Am I just crazy?

    So I had this concept for an art piece, to have uncut rolls of film on a light box. Lined up, the strips of film would form one image. Dandy idea. Except, I shot B&W negatives instead of slide, and a conversion effort (from negative to slide) proved to be futile. So I'm left with making a contact sheet to show the work.

    Turns out that 29 rolls of film make for about 42x54" image on a contact print. I had to distribute the print between nine 16x20" sheets. Consequently, The film strips don't always line up correctly and somehow the density on the sheet sometimes varied (image 2).

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    Is there a trick to contact printing for such a large image?
    What can I do to minimize the film strips from shifting from one sheet to the next?
    Is there a way to scan a 135 film strip, in its entirety, from edge to edge — sprocket marks and all? (ok, this part might be for another forum)

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    wow

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    Quote Originally Posted by horacekenneth View Post
    wow
    exactly!

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    Are the jpegs the final print or just on a scanner?
    If a final print I double the WOW, If you can make this work its an absolutely incredible piece

    good luck .. You will need some mural paper laying flat, a very large sheet of plexi to hold the film flush and considerable patience and flexibility to lay the film in position and not curl and move around on you.
    I may think this would take you a whole day just with the set up ..

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    Wow is right! Would love to hear more about how you did this.

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    You could also scan High rez and set up in PS and send it to me to print as one large silver gelatin print.

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    I wish I could help but I'll second the "Wow!". That looks amazing.

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    Look at printing and screen printing they both use a very large contact prints
    You will fine most are homemade.

    Dave

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    Impressive, thanks for sharing.
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    So you already made a contact print using the 16x20 paper.

    If density varies, its either the light source, or the emulsion on the paper.

    What is your light source? All things being equal? No?
    - J. Richard
    4x5 Speed Graphic, Looking for another 8x10.

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