I got Lillian's print today too, which I think makes for the last print of this round coming my way. I traded prints earlier in the year with one of my friends who does platinum work, and your platinum/palladium print feels a darn sight warmer, but it could be the paper base too. The detail in the parsley is my favourite part, and the borders. I appreciate all the work you put in as well, to get a print up to your standards. Studio lighting is a new game for me too, but it seems that experience makes the most difference. I've got a few studio flash units coming from another friend in the new year so maybe I'll manage to figure it all out some day.
As it stands I now have to pay for framing for all of the prints from this round, so I couldn't be happier.
Oh, I also managed to track down a copy of Making Kallitypes: A Definitive Guide, by Dick Stevens, at my library. All I can say from a few hours reading it is that more alternative process books should be written this way. Just about every variable is tested scientifically and there's a great deal of historical context, but it's still about making beautiful prints. Science in the service of art. We'll see if I can get around to trying it in the new year...bollocks, that's just a few days away.