I have various questions about Edward Weston.
Is there any knowledge how he made his california era photographs. Did he use zone system ?
Is it possible to take same tones with todays material ? Is there a recipe for his platin papers ? Did anyone researched it and published his her findings ?
Which film, developer , paper combination is accepted to closest his material ?
May be you should read some Weston bio as Daybooks of Edward Weston and ask his grandson Kim still working at Wild Cat Hill.
No recipe for his platinum paper as it was industrial made paper and sold as argentic paper today.
The closest current materials to his would be ABC Pyro, FP4+ (arguably), Lodima paper, and Amidol.
He used ABC Pyro and Amidol. If he was around today doing the same kind of work, he may choose Pyrocat HD and Tmax 400 instead of those, for practical reasons.
Mustafa a bit more searching here at APUG or via google can probably get you a good chunk of what you are asking for.
Here's a link to a one citation. http://www.apug.org/forums/viewpost.php?p=1045546
Here's the link to the whole thread. http://www.apug.org/forums/forum37/8...ease-read.html
Weston's general philosophy about judgement is important IMO. Meters just give us reference points, nothing more, we have to decide what to do with that info.
Weston had his own recipe for an amidol print developer for papers. The formula may be found on the Unblinking Eye web site.
There are also E. Weston and B. Weston Amidol formulas (apparently first hand accounts) in the 3rd edition of The Darkroom Cookbook. However it is difficult to know with certainty what E. Weston used. There are differing accounts as to whether he actually used the BB compound or not. It is also possible he altered his formula throughout his life. Chasing this sort of info is rather useless from a practical perspective though.
With respect to negative development, he used his own ratios for Kodak D-1 ("ABC Pyro"). More water but also more part A. There wouldn't really be any "equivalent" films today compared to what he used. For all we know if he were alive today he might use TMax 100!
His Daybooks often refer to exposure. According to his son Cole, he didn't have a meter until his later years, and then rarely used it. He was from the era of "expose for the shadows, develop for the highlights."
He gave very full exposure and developed by inspection in his version of ABC Pyro. The negatives are very dense by today's standards as they were meant for contact printing only. He never owned an enlarger.
Ahhh, if I could find the magic elixir to produce really wondrous photographs.
And then write it all down so everyone else could do exactly the same :cool:
Originally Posted by Alan Klein
I would expect it actually has more to do with his skill than what he used.