[pure-silver] Re: LIST RENAME REQUEST was: Sally Mann

Georges,

This is an old-time technique; it was shown to me in the 60's by a man who had been using it for over 50 years. It works with virtually any paper, and is really a result of temperature, not pressure. When I was doing bulk hand-developing (20-30 8 x 10's in a batch, I kept a small tray of stock developer to the side - one or two (gloved) fingers dipped into that and a bit of a rub would bring out detail in otherwise blown highlights - and do it fast enough so that I could keep up with the other prints in the soup.

The only "trick" (OK, there are two) - don't rub *too* hard, or the emulsion will suffer, and don't be *too* specific in the area - let it spill over a bit to avoid hard-edged "enhancements".

-Bill


On Mar 28, 2007, at 10:27 AM, Georges Giralt wrote:

Selon Shannon Stoney <sstoney@xxxxxxx>:

I would be honored to have this list named pure_shannon. That's a
great idea.  ;-)

OK, back to the darkroom.  I have switched back to Ilford paper and
I'm noticing something I didn't notice before.  When I write on the
back of the paper with a pencil (exposure times, etc) it sometimes
shows through on the other side, particularly in the dark areas.  Why
does this happen, and how do people avoid it?

--shannon
Dear Shannon,
Sometimes, in order to get something in blown out highlights, I gently rub the
print in the tray with my fingers in the zone I try to improve.
It often works. Whatever paper maker had produced the stuff I soup.
You are just doing this with a pencil. (except that my fingers being a little
hotter than the dev., I add to the pressure the temperature effect)
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