Quote Originally Posted by Terry Christian View Post
Has anyone tried the new Lumi Inkodye light-sensitive dye yet? I received some today and attempted to print an image with my enlarger, but it seems that even with my lens wide open, too little light was getting through to excite the dye and I didn't want to run the risk of warping the film negative I was using. As of right now, the sun has set, so I'm trying to contact print something onto Inkodye-coated paper under my bathroom lighting (4 60-watt bulbs). Lumi lists an 8-minute developing time for full sun and 16 minutes for a cloudy day, so this contact print should be done sometime in the next century! If my math is correct, that's a sensitivity of ISO 1/480.
I'm responding to this because I have been searching the internet for some insight on how I might project an image from an enlarger/projector on a surface treated with Inkodye. I have so far experimented with 250W photo bulbs, compact flourenct bulbs, and 15W and 75W UV or "black light" bulbs. I was successful in developing the Inkodye under the black lights after just a few minutes, but the bulbs were not strong enough to project an image through my Artograph projector. I am still hoping to find a solution, but I am pessimistic.
I was really hoping that this method would be successful, because I have had no luck with transparencies. I loaded images in Photoshop, adjusted their contrast, and printed on 8.5X11in transparencies, but only a very faint image would appear when doing the contact print method. Any advice as to how I might improve my transparencies or the contact print method in general? I was really hoping to create some successful results for a project for school.