I must admit I'm a practicing "Paper Negative" user. I will probably not earn any medals here, but the end results are very interesting. I really haven't experimented much with filtering in the field. I simply place Ilford MGIV RC in the film holder as you would with film. For a test run I'll pull the darkside about 1/2" and then expose for 2 seconds. Then put the darkside another 1/2" and expose another 2 seconds. Continuing to the end of the film holder. This being done on an 8X10 gives me a number test strips from 2 seconds upward for judging the exposure. I'm sure this is very elementary to most folks. I found on my 8x10 that 8 seconds at f/39 gave the best results on a sunny day. Indoors the same test would be more on the order of 4 minutes plus. I tried filtering once using a Kodak Polycontrast #3 but failed to adjust for increased exposure time. The results were underexposed. Color shift: Yellow objects appear as darker grey. Red and orange objects appear nearly jet black. Tan appears average grey.
Here's a recent sample. It was sunny and all plant life was tan in color. The two "living" pine trees must have been dark green. Exposed for 8 seconds on Ilford MGIV RC Deluxe, Developed in Ilford PQ Universal 1:9 . . . http://www.wwwconnect.net/sony/no1a.jpg
Crop from the above photo . . . to show actual detail available:
Others . . .
Can you find the apple?
This chair (below) is painted bright yellow. Only the reflection on the vinyl seat cover reflects the actual brightness. The seat cover is near white.
These were all done in the last couple of months. I am now using Dektol with the MGIV paper. The blacks appear blacker, to me.
To print an 8x10 for example you could contact print it, or as in this case scan it at 600 dpi (or higher), manipulate it, and then print it elsewhere.
Last edited by DannL; 04-20-2006 at 12:53 PM. Click to view previous post history.