A father of 4 teenage girls actually wrote "Tweak the knobs"?!
Carbon printing -- aka, Jell-O printing. It takes the time I might spend on emulsion making for film. When I print something in a hurry I platinum print!
PS -- I got boys...two of them are escorting homecoming princesses Friday!
They couldn't find triplet princesses?
Originally Posted by Vaughn
id love to see more posts here about emulsion making and the use of liquid emulsions.
they are a lot of fun. as a university student i fiddled around with making emulsions
mind didn't come out very good, but i did manage to make one, but then was turned onto liquid light
which became my go-to for years.
ive been kind of stagnant since the spring .. and was coating glass and metal plates
as well as paper and doing some fun-stuff, but the summer rolled around and other obligations set in
so i put everything on the back burner .. maybe this fall+winter i will get back on the wagon i fell off of :)
not sure how much less expensive making emulsion from scratch is or might be, or even using it from a bottle,
but it is definitely a lot of fun seeing an image appear on something that was hand coated because a lot of the time
things change between uses as the emulsion ages or whatever
its really like the movie run lola run sometimes ...
Originally Posted by Bill Burk
That's exactly what I meant. :) Somewhere in my old notes I drew up a diagram on how different parameters could affect an emulsion, I'm fairly sure it came from studying "The Photographic Emulsion" by Carroll, Hubbard, and Kretschman, The Focal Press. (A PDF version of the book can be found at TheLightFarm).
Originally Posted by Hexavalent
Originally Posted by Vaughn
Just as handsome as their daddy :). I could see that one coming when they were just twelve!
Congrats on the new house and soon-to-be darkroom! Hopefully, it won't be too long before we can try dry plate and carbon combos.
"off the wagon" happens (at least to me and everyone else I know). I figure it's just the Universe giving you space to refill the creative well. Best of luck.
Originally Posted by jnanian
Speaking of which, I'm procrastinating on making a set of autochrome screen tests. You probably know the feeling. Everything is lined up and ready to go. That was the easy part. The "plunge" into the unknown, on the other hand...
One of the interesting things about the emulsion discussions on APUG, interesting to me anyway, is how they illuminate two distinct, and distinctly different, approaches.
One is what I think of as the engineering approach. Calling the other the artistic approach is too glib, and a little dismissive, but useful enough that I'll go ahead and do it, hoping readers understand that I mean no disrespect.
People who are deeply committed to one approach or the other sometimes find themselves offended when their assumptions are challenged. To tell an engineer that all his/her hoo-rah and foo-fraw is unnecessary, or to tell artists that they're not being careful enough, is about something other than emulsion-making, it's about how to live and get things done, and it's a rubbing that can create sparks.
There are accomplished people here working from both viewpoints, whom I learn a lot from, and I appreciate it when they share with me. I expect to be making my first emulsion in a few weeks. I don't happen to believe that my artistic vision is so good that I should publish or display my photographs, and I will never be an engineer, but I will be making use of both kinds of experience. I will share what I learn.
Everybody who posts here has my thanks.
I know, only because you said so, that your triplets are not identical. You coulda fooled me. I knew a man who's two identical sons married two identical twins. At the same ceremony. That's wilder than emulsion making could ever be.
I'm glad I wasn't the wedding photographer - just think how difficult it would be organizing print orders!
Originally Posted by wildbillbugman