Cooling MGWT, a test
Well I told you I'd get to testing and I did. Today I got some Clayton's Ultra Cold developer and also again used some Moersch SE6 Blue that I had in stock. I was printing step wedges.
To be honest I was extremely disappointed in the Clayton Ultra-Cold. It produced a rather unpleasant greenish tone, not far from what most other developers would produce. I added 10ml/L of 1% benzotrazole solution to it.. Nothing. I added another 10ml/L of 1% benzotriazole, and again, Nothing. I'm not giving up on it yet, I'm going to selenium tone some of the wedges and also split sepia-selenium some as well to see how it tones.
On to the Moersch SE6 Blue... WOW!!! As soon as I turned the lights on I knew that was the developer for neutralizing MGWT. A wonderful neutral bluish color. Very cold, similar to a mild gold toning of MGWT. Some of the color is lost through washing, though not much. I also got around to selenium toning one of my wedges of MGWT in Blue. I was amazed. I toned for 6 minutes in Kodak Selenium at the 1:19 dilution. The paper acted much like MGIV, not turning a brownish-purple in the shadows, but rather simply cooling off even more and losing the slight tinge of green from it's blue. The blacks stayed cold! I was very impressed! Next I'm going to try the 1:9 dilution and see if it cools off even more, or gives a cold purple to the shadows. Overall I would have to say that Moersch Blue is the cold-tone developer that will cool off MGWT.
I have attached scans of MGWT in Blue un-toned, as well as MGWT in Blue & selenium toned. I have also included a scan of a wedge of MGWT in PF130 1:1 for comparison in tone.
Last edited by brian steinberger; 03-04-2011 at 06:11 PM. Click to view previous post history.