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"Slot Canyon #3" ~ Negative #2


The results from the first print of this image showed that the theory of added densities would create the rich black and white image I was after. It worked, yet, not necessary. Today's trial print session, using a new negative printed on the 1430 using my Na2 <curve> instead of the denser Kallitype <curve> I made for another image I was working with. The softer curve, in my view, is closer to what I had in mind for these more abstract images. Full range, rich black and white images, yet with more control over the highlights. That is, just barely zone 8, not 10% of image deep zone 8.

The middle tones are only affected slightly, deepening somewhat, yet not losing much. The blacks remain pretty much the same, as they wouldn't have been affected all that much, if at all from the increase in the bulge of the <curve> only, which was the case. I increased the middle densities approximately 30%, give or take. Just don't need it. As it turns out, the primary change is the print time difference; Negative #1; Kallitype <curve> 13 min print time / Negative #2; Na2 <curve> 10 min print time. Development and processing remain the same.

From one post to another one isn't going to see the subtle differences between the prints. A bit more control over the brightest highlights at the top center of the image. This more dense negative can be 'printed down' more, but that will only suppress the middle tones more. Interpretation is everything of course, then there's abstract. I want about 5% of the image area to be zone 8, paper base white, being it's an abstract, and with that I would apply basic rules of chiaroscuro for 'full' tonal range; black to pure white.

Gold toned Kallitype Prints

"Slot Canyon #3" (two negatives)

From Negative #1 ~ Kallitype <Curve>

From Negative #2 ~ Na2 <curve>

This will be the final print


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