Desert Bloom II ~ Palladium Print ~ New Negative
I have come full circle, after testing negatives to palladium printing, and have several weeks of observations about the variations upon the theme that I have in hand now. Most insightful information, which will get incorporated into the book I'm working on now, on palladium printing. There is an ability to shape a digital image in ways not dreamed of in chemical development of the negative. Digital manipulation of the negative offer two distinct potentials for altering the negative, instead of one, with chemical development. Chemical development is a global process, affecting the entire tonal range of the negative when manipulated for time, or developer used. Digital manipulation allows for not only altering the global tonal range, as a density range adjustment; an adjustment layer or addition of an adjustment density <curve> of the image.
The other manipulation is of individual tonal zones separate from the other tonal densities. That can be done not only with one tonal range, but only the ones desired of any tonal range, without altering the rest of the densities. This effectively alters the 'contrast index' of the image, sometimes the contrast relationship, sometimes only the manipulation of one or more density areas desired, like dimming a sky with clouds to create a more moody image. or to open up middle tones in a scene or setting to show more texture, then drop out an area or two where dMax black is desired.
This image was one where I did manipulated certain tonal zones for better visual effect. In this case I opened up the middle tones slightly to better show off the background area with the open area with grasses. The weeks of testing are over. I first printed from a Kodak printer, which began leaving striations on the negative, forcing me to use a local printer to make laser negatives, which demanded further density testing because a laser printer is quite a bit different from an ink jet printer. Then I found the printer I have been searching for, at an affordable price; the Epson Artisan 1430, which is an amazing printer for making negatives. A beautiful thing to behold, and now, I have worked out the correct density range needed for making palladium prints using my UV printer. Now, production can begin. Today's print is a reprint of the Desert Blooms I recently printed using a laser negative. The Epson negative sharpened the image, as well as separated the tones a bit better.
Palladium Print ~ UV Printer ~ 6" from light source
"Stream" ~ 8x10
Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona