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    Arches National Park - 8x10 Paper Negatives

    Shot some paper negatives in my 8x10 box camera last week at Arches National Park, near Moab, Utah. All images using Freestyle's Arista-brand grade 2 RC paper, post-flashed prior to development, developed by inspection in Ilford Universal paper developer mixed 1+15 at 68f. The paper I rate at an Exposure Index of 12. Exposure times varied from around 30 seconds to several minutes, depending on the light.

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    Delicate Arch:




    Skyline Arch:


    Fiery Furnace Overlook:


    Turret Arch:


    Courthouse Rock:

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    I bow to you, you are the master, Joe. Wow, very nice indeed. Did you take your portable DR and process there or wait until you got home?
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    Well done! Very impressed. The Courthouse Rock and Fiery Furnace overlook both have something beautiful and intriguing about them.
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    Very nice set of images Joe!

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    Rick, I waited to get home to process these. The camera has storage slots in the back, behind the film plane, for exposed and unexposed sheets; I took about 40 sheets, but exposed only 18. Alas, my portable darkroom box is a bit too small for processing 8x10.

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    Wouldn't the use of paper as a negative result in laterally reversed images? With transparent film negatives we look from the non-emulsion side to see the picture right-way-around, so why should that not apply to paper? And how did the images shown here become positive? Did you use a reversal process? Sorry if my questions appear to display ignorance, but I am just not familiar with the use of opaque paper as a negative.

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    Actually, paper isn't all that opaque, you can print right through it if the developed emulsion faces the target print. I could easily picture doing contact prints. The only hazard might be paper that has some sort of watermarks or imprints on the back.

    Joe's images are great. I'm following these threads with interest after my first feeble attempts at pinhole paper negatives.

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    Wonderful set of images. What focal length is your camera?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    But then you get a left-right reversal, right?

    [Question: If 4"x5" is 5"x4" in the UK, does the left-right reversal become right-left reversal? I am so confused!! ]

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    I dont even want to think about how that works in the southern hemisphere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    But then you get a left-right reversal, right?

    [Question: If 4"x5" is 5"x4" in the UK, does the left-right reversal become right-left reversal? I am so confused!! ]

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    Um, methinks I'm missing the problem here - the emulsion faces the lens when we shoot the picture and the negative emulsion faces the print paper emulsion when we print a negative? I think of a paper negative as converting a condenser enlarger to diffusion by laminating a (translucent) sheet of paper to the base side of a regular negative.

    As to the other question, how about a 90º rotation, direction depending on which side of the equator, which crops the ends and prints them on the back .... .

    (And in the next few days I need to dredge some fiber based graded stuff out of the depths and try it all. )

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