"Desert Blooms II" ~ Palladium Print
The sun has finally come out and I am back to printing again. The tests continue, with various outcomes, some of which I like, some not so much. What I have come to know is that heavy handed density increases are simply not needed. They can certainly be printed in, using either full sun, or full sun using a defuser, which effectively doubles the print time. This can be very handy.
The new printer is up and running and printing some very nice negatives. The Epson Artisan 1430 printer is the printer to use for printing negatives on acetate film. I personally use the Pictorico Ultra Premium OHC acetate sheets for best results. You won't be sorry for doing that. The density ranges tested are from approximately Log 1.0 to something near Log 1.8., with print times from 4 minutes in full sun to 8 minutes using the defuser; 3/16" sheet of transparent white acrylic over the print frame.
The image I am finding most pleasing and closest to what I had pre-visualized the image to look like, turns out to be the laser printed test negative, using a shallow density curve increase, compared to the later ones (Log 1.8) and the warm tones in the image come from using the potassium oxalate developer warmed to 85F. The warming of the developer enhances the warm tones. On the other end of image color would be using the ammonium citrate developer at say 70F.
"Desert Blooms II" ~ 8x10 ~ 1/3
Cochise Stronghold, Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona