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    Why not start with something easy? Cyanotypes are great fun, and can even be made to look very nice. Van Dyke next, or salt prints? These are all printing-out processes, which is a great way to learn. There's a very good book about "alternative processes" called "Spirits of Salt" I think. Buy that, and start playing
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    some good work table space is nice...on the dry side..

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    Aye - keep it simple, sherlock.

    Thanks for the tips - especially the cyanotype, Van Dyke, salt ideas. I'll look for that book.

    Thanks all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce
    Thanks for the link - Michael A. Smith - love his work - really brilliant stuff (though I've never seen an actual print - only magazine reproductions - and they're still awesome).
    Michael doesn't do anything that isn't easy. Producing a fine print on Azo is much easier than with any other process. That's why I would (and in fact, did) choose it to begin with.

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    Also check a book called "Coming into Focus: A Step-by-Step Guide to Alternative Photographic Printing Processes". It has step by step instructions, and includes formulas, for a large number of alternative printing processes. I found it to be very, very helpful.

    - Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by reellis67
    Also check a book called "Coming into Focus: A Step-by-Step Guide to Alternative Photographic Printing Processes". It has step by step instructions, and includes formulas, for a large number of alternative printing processes. I found it to be very, very helpful.

    - Randy

    Ooooo - good lead, that. Thank you Randy! Got it on order.

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    Bruce, one nice thing about azo paper is that it is so simple to work with. All you need is a film to work with, an ordinary light bulb (see Edward Weston's setup for simplicity in the extreme) some developer and fixer. The really nice thing about azo is the speed, it is very slow. A normal light bulb is necessary for printing because of its speed (or lack therof). Print exposures can range from a few seconds to a few minutes. Not possible with regular photographic papers, they're too fast to do this with and would be black after a second in this light. No enlarger or fancy equipment, azo is fun. tim

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    This is sounding very very interesting. OK - you've set the hook - reel me in!

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    Well, we all know where to buy Azo, don't we?

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    Quote Originally Posted by c6h6o3
    Well, we all know where to buy Azo, don't we?
    The Azo Store
    Azo Is Us
    Mr. Azo
    Azo World
    Azo City
    Azo Warehouse
    Everything Azo

    Sorry - I'm just being silly now.

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