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Collodion & Lith – my Brother and his Guitar

I felt it time to make a lith print from a collodion negative again so when shooting my brother on black glass I made sure the last plate was a clear one on 4×5″. It’s been awhile and I had some new paper to try as well: Foma MG Classic 542 II, matte chamois. I liked it  very much, texture-wise and lith-wise. Will have to work on that a little more to see more of the possibilities of this very paper.

I exposed the negative three times longer than I did the positives and developed with the same chemistry, standard formula by Scully & Osterman, nothing special there. I ended up with a really contrasty negative BUT with all the detail in there. It looked lovely when I switched on the enlarger! Lith printing this negative while preserving all the detail is a different story. More fine-tuning is required but the results surprised me so much I rather found them pleasing!

Paper used: Foma MG Classic 542 II
Chemistry used: Moersch Easylith 1+1+24, +- 24 degrees

Exposure time: 50 seconds
Snatch point: 4 minutes

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Exposure time: 60 seconds
Snatch point: 4:30 minutes

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The prints look a whole lot different than the 10×10″ BGA of the former post.. It’s nice to play around with this. Definitely one of the reasons I want to work more with negatives; you have a plate where all the fun begins, instead of with the BGA, where it ends. The possibilities are beyond infinite. It seems I love to get lost there 😉

Have a good weekend, gents!


1st & 2nd Pass Lith Printing

As mentioned in the former post I dived into the second pass lith printing thingy. This means exposing the paper like normal, developing in standard bw-developer, stopping, fixing, rinsing, bleaching the print in a sepia bleach bath, rinsing, re-developing in Lith. Below I’ll describe how I did it, which chemistry I used, which papers etc. and the only thing you’ll have to pick up from this post is NOT to do it like I did now. It didn’t quite work out the way I anticipated it, mostly because of lack in technique.

Papers used:
* Ilford MGW.1K, fiber based warmtone paper
* Ilford MGT.44M, PE based warmtone pearl paper
* Ilford MG ART 300 paper (their new stuff)
* Ilford IB0.26K, Ilfobrom expired grade 0 paper
* Ilford IB4.26K, Ilfobrom expired grade 4 paper
* Rollei 131, fiber based warmtone paper

Chemistry used:
* 1st pass standard bw-developer Amaloco AM6006 1+9
* 2nd pass Moersch Easylith developer 1+1+24, + 50ml old brown in a total bath of 2 litres
* Sepia Bleach home-made: 100 gr Potassium FerriCyanide & 100 gr Potassium Bromide to 1 litre of water
* Amaloco S10 stopping bath 1+19
* Amaloco X89 fixing bath 1+4

Other variables:
* Temperature of lith developer +/- 30 degrees Celsius
* No MG filters used when exposing the paper
* Bleaching time approx. for all prints: 3 minutes

I think I screwed up on a couple of points. First of all, I used to many  different kinds of paper. This was my first try-out with bleaching and redeveloping it would’ve been smarter to just try one or two papers, take it from there and when I feel I got it a bit under control, try more papers. But, as I don’t have that much time, I figured the more the merrier. Well, not always 😉

Secondly, I’ll try a different 1st developer as it’s supposed to have an effect on the outcome after the 2nd development. I will try Agfa’s Neutol WA next.

Thirdly, I noticed a lot of stains, stripes and the like turning up during the 2nd pass developing. According to Tim Rudman’s book this is due to sloppy technique (which is quite possible) or bad rinsing, pollution etc. I rinsed too many papers in a too cold a rinsing bath because of my urge ‘the more the merrier’ so I screwed up there I think. Also, I didn’t hypo the prints after fixing. I though a decent rinse would be just as effective for this testing phase. I should know better.

What I didn’t like about the redeveloped prints is that they don’t have the coloration I wanted, they remain pretty much black and white, like before I bleached them. Perhaps that has to do with the amount of time I redeveloped them? Too long for the strength of the developer? Maybe I bleached the prints too long?
And I will try the SE5 as the 2nd pass lith bath. It’s the bath I want to go work with in the future so what’s the point anyway with using the Easylith when I know I want to switch entirely anyway.

It’s a whole new world which I will go back to this afternoon. I hope the new tryouts will be a bit more of what I’m after. I’ll be using the paper Ilford MGW.1K and if I can find the time, also the MG ART 300. Agfa Neutol WA as 1st developer and SE5 as my second. I’ll reduce the bleaching time to about 1 minute to see what that changes. Anyway, not all at once 😉

An example of a bleached print before re-developing in lith

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Ilford MG ART 300
7s exposure time | no filter
AM6006 normal bw developing (BORING) | 1:30 minutes | 20 degrees Celsius

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Ilford MG ART 300
40s exposure time | no filter
Amaloco AM6006 normal bw developing | 1:30 minutes | 20 degrees Celsius

1st pass Easylith 1+1+24 | 1/2 Old Brown | 4:25 minutes | 30 degrees Celsius

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Ilford MG ART 300
7s exposure time | no filter
AM6006 | 3 minute sepia bleach
2nd pass Easylith 1+1+24 | + 1/2 old brown | +/- 30 degrees Celsius

Ilford MG ART 300
7s exposure time | no filter
Amaloco AM6006 normal bw developing | 1:30 minutes | 20 degrees Celsius

2nd pass Easylith 1+1+24 | 1/2 Old Brown | 8 minutes | 30 degrees Celsius

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The rest of the images really isn’t worth posting. I don’t even know what to make of them..let alone make them into a comprehensive something. I’ll slowly back away now and lock myself up in the basement for some more juice 😉


Lith Prints: On the Nature of Daylight

The last two days I had finally had the evenings for myself! First time this year I could actually work on my own photos. Sometimes I think I ought to quit my job 😉

Not long before those evenings I also finally came around to developing some film I had laying around from last year. The contact prints made me wanna grab my lith paper so I did. The prints are untoned and so on, test prints actually to see which way this series would go on lith but I love them already. This will be continued but I felt like sharing them anyway with some more inspirational stuff.

Kodak T-Max 100 I Hasselblad 500C/M + 50mm CF FLE I Paper: Rollei Vintage 131 FB I Developer: Rollei Vintage Developer (Lith) 1+1+24 I Exposure: f5,6 5 sec I Development: about 7 min. 36 sec I Untoned

Kodak T-Max 100 I Hasselblad 500C/M + 50mm CF FLE I Paper: Rollei Vintage 131 FB I Developer: Rollei Vintage Developer (Lith) 1+1+24 I Exposure: f5,6 5 sec I Development: about 7 min. 35 sec I Untoned

Kodak T-Max 100 I Hasselblad 500C/M + 50mm CF FLE I Paper: Rollei Vintage 131 FB I Developer: Rollei Vintage Developer (Lith) 1+1+24 I Exposure: f5,6 5 sec I Development: about 8 min. 06 sec I Untoned

Kodak T-Max 100 I Hasselblad 500C/M + 50mm CF FLE I Paper: Rollei Vintage 131 FB I Developer: Rollei Vintage Developer (Lith) 1+1+24 I Exposure: f5,6 5 sec I Development: about 7 min. 20 sec I Untoned

Kodak T-Max 100 I Hasselblad 500C/M + 50mm CF FLE I Paper: Rollei Vintage 131 FB I Developer: Rollei Vintage Developer (Lith) 1+1+24 I Exposure: f5,6 5 sec I Development: about 7 min. 35 sec I Untoned

Kodak T-Max 100 I Hasselblad 500C/M + 50mm CF FLE I Paper: Rollei Vintage 131 FB I Developer: Rollei Vintage Developer (Lith) 1+1+24 I Exposure: f5,6 5 sec I Development: about 7 min. 35 sec I Untoned

The title of the series comes from Max Richter. I’m such a big fan of his work. He made a remix of his original song combined with the lyrics of Dinah Washington’s song dating from 1960.

“This bitter Earth
Well, what fruit it bears?

Ooooh
This bitter Earth

And if my life
Is like the dust
Oooh, that hides
The glow of a rose
What good am I?
Heaven only knows.

Lord, this bitter Earth
Yes, can be so cold
Today you’re young
Too soon, you’re old
But while a voice
Within me cries
I’m sure someone may answer my call.

And this bitter Earth
Ooooh, may not
Ooooh, be so bitter
After all.

This bitter Earth
Lord, this bitter Earth
What good is love
Mmmm, that no one shares?

And if my life
Is like the dust
That hides
The glow of a rose
What good am I?
Heaven only knows.”

I hope you enjoy this post!

-Indra


Lith Print of a Clear Glass Ambrotype

As said before I also made my first real clear glass ambrotype, aka a glass negative, in Montzen. Yesterday I tried to make a lith print out of it. Very much to my liking! The grain really adds to the ambience and feel of the image.

I used Rollei Vintage 131 Fiber paper and made the first print on 18×24 cm paper to try it out. I loved it so much I”ll be making a large print as soon as the paper arrives: 50×60 cm. Also, this was my first go with the Omega D2 enlarger…wow..that thing is awesome!!! Beautiful machine which I’ll use a whole lot more often now that I got it working with the 4×5″ glass plate holder.

The only thing needed to be done was the toning part. I always used selenium toner before but also bought gold toner a while back. With selenium the tone, or wouldn’t hardly change, or make it more red. Both was just not what I had in mind. Luckily I remembered my gold toner in time so I ordered 2 more liters for the large print and tonight tested it. The prints are still wet so I’ll scan and post them tomorrow. Impressions: 4 minutes were too long; too blue. With 2 minutes I kept a little warmish yellow and got a little blueish and that was exactly what I was after.

Sure, with lith printing the true characteristics of Collodion have practically gone (though not really if you look carefully) so you might wonder why. First of all, because I couldn’t wait making and printing my first collodion negative! Secondly, lith printing is what I know (a little) and came to love (traditional bw printing has gotten boring to me) so this was the way to go for now. I’m still trying to figure out which processes I’m going to dive into for printing the collodion negatives but time has not really been on my side so far. Thirdly and most importantly, because I like it! So eat it!

Anyway, a happy goose here and I’m looking forward to the big print!

-Indra


Darkroom Expansion Awesomeness !!!

Not too long ago I met someone who was thinking about giving up his darkroom. Only what to do with the stuff in it? Fortunately for me he decided he’d donate me what I would like of it as long as I would not sell anything. A dream really!! Especially since the collection consisted of an Omega D2 4×5″ enlarger which caught my interest as I’m planning on making Collodion negatives for printing purposes. All I was missing was an enlarger. Until now 🙂

So the last 2 days existed of recreating and reorganizing the darkroom to make some work space for this humongous thing. Long overdue anyway, reorganizing the darkroom, so the timing was rather perfect really. Now all is set to go, the work space has to be adjusted some more but that’ll flow once I do. And, I feel the urge to go and do something again and use my new camera as well!

I collected some large trays (50 x 60 cm), also some from this recent event.

I collected some large trays (50 x 60 cm), also some from this recent event.

And here is my new love: the Omega D2! Along with some large papers I also received

And here is my new love: the Omega D2! Along with some large papers I also received

My new work space addition from the other side

My new work space addition from the other side

I am totally gonna rock my ass off in there the next couple of… well… whatever how long 😉

All I have to dig up from somewhere is a carrier for 4×5″ glass negatives but I’m sure that won’t take long! It’s pretty complete though. 2 carriers for 6×6, 1 for 35mm, 1 for 9×12 and 1 for 4×5″ negatives. Condensers, lamps and lenses included, one 80mm and one 150mm, forgot the exact type. Anyway, happy happy happy and a thank you!!

Ow, and I took a photograph of a list with all the negative carriers for the Omega D series for the ones that might be interested. If you’d like to have a high-res file shoot me an email: indra [at] contrastique [dot] nl

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