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    First successful AZO print

    Woooo - Hoooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ya' oughter see this one - it rocks !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Bartley
    Woooo - Hoooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ya' oughter see this one - it rocks !!!
    John, good to hear that. Post it for us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Bartley
    . . . it rocks !!!

    Hmmmm. I'm not sure, John. It almost looks like it was made in a pine contact frame.
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    Hmmph !!!

    So, two days ago I opened up an old box of AZO that I was given for free. I tried a few contact prints and was thoroughly disgusted by the result. They came out grey and mottled. I figured that it was "me" and my procedure. I read up on AZO for several hours trying to figure out what was wrong and came to the conclusion that I was doing everything "basically" correctly.
    The dried prints appeared to have "stains" or "mould" on them, so yesterday I tried a couple of prints on paper from the centre of the package and while the results initially appeared to be great (resulting in my woo-hoo post), after they dried overnight, I found the same results only much less pronounced. I also found that after they have dried, the finish is flaking off the surface of the prints in little round dots. You'd almost think that they were dust specks causing the white spots except that for comparison, I did a couple of RC contact prints and they are completely different, no specks at all. I should have been warned that it might be no good as one side of the box was mouldy on the outside. The inside however looked ok. I know that mould travels and is pretty insidious stuff, so...I guess that's it.
    I have to assume that I have come across a box of AZO which is ruined.
    However, the prints (from the centre of the box) were good enough to show how nicely detailed the prints turn out, so....I guess I'll buy a package of new stuff and try again.

    cheers eh?

    ps : Ralph - you were right

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    Too bad about the Azo paper having gone bad, John. But, it sounds like it was sufficient to get you interested in the medium.
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    Just to flog this poor dead horse a bit more...

    ...here's the best of the bunch and still pretty poor,

    The snow and the sky are very grainy and in the other prints in the same directory, the graininess is very apparent. The amount varies from sheet to sheet.

    AZO - best

    AZO prints

    #'s 5.jpg and 6.jpg are 'sposed to be identical, same exposure, development, the skys are horrible and not the same to boot

    Even though they're so bad, there's a "life" about them that doesn't show on enlarged versions

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    John, the only time I've had trouble with azo, my fault. Fixer, not enough time, old fixer, incomplete washing, improper toning. Is all of your chemistry fresh? You might try once more with fresh chemistry for everything. Toner: KSRT use 1:20 for 3 minutes. Wash for an hour in still clean water if you don't have running water.tim

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    What are you using for developer? Have you been to this site for much information on printing on Azo? Check out the articles and the forums.
    http://michaelandpaula.com/mp/index_skip.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by noseoil
    John, the only time I've had trouble with azo, my fault. Fixer, not enough time, old fixer, incomplete washing, improper toning. Is all of your chemistry fresh? You might try once more with fresh chemistry for everything. Toner: KSRT use 1:20 for 3 minutes. Wash for an hour in still clean water if you don't have running water.tim
    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for the advice. I did go back and do two things. First, I mixed up a new batch of developer. I know that Amidol is the recommended developer, but it seemed a waste to buy it before getting at least a bit of experience with AZO first. I read the Kodak recommendations and used the PolymaxT that they list as a recommended developer. Mixing fresh developer didn't help I'm afraid. The second thing I did was change the light source. I bought an R40 85 watt flood, which is many watts less than recommded by Smith and Chamlee, but is closer to the 300 watt R40 temperature than what I was using. That pretty much solved the problem. I guess that the paper is quite blue sensitive, so using a lower temperature bulb was accentuating the lighter colours, particularly the greys and whites. Once I bumped up the temperature, the whites pretty much stayed white and the blacks got crisp.
    So.....like your experiences, I guess the paper is ok (I think that now anyway), and the problem was my fault. (what else is new ? )

    cheers and thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterlily
    What are you using for developer? Have you been to this site for much information on printing on Azo? Check out the articles and the forums.
    http://michaelandpaula.com/mp/index_skip.html
    Hi there,

    Thank you for the suggestion. I had previously read pretty much everything on the site, and had found a great deal of useable advice. I think the most valuable piece of info was the tip about which bulb to use. Getting closer to the correct temperature (frequency) range has gone a long way to solving my problems.

    cheers

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