• Grant Handgis

"Two Lilies II" ~ Palladium toned Kallitype

The pace of putting out a finished print has slowed from the past year. During the four years of printing while writing books about the processes I was producing new prints almost every day, sometimes more than one. I was also working in 8x10, now I'm working with 11x17 for the palladium toned Kallitypes, and 11x14 with the gum over palladium prints. This newest print is a sort of sister print to "Two Lilies" print, different perspective. They fit nicely side by side.

These prints needed a different handling. The density range of the density was considerably less than what I used in the past with Kallitype prints. That would have to do with the subject; two white lilies. The most demanding aspect being keeping the contrast between the shadows on the lily and the highlights. The shadows needed to be very soft. Very soft. That, was not an easy task. As always, copying the print using a digital camera adds to the fidelity of the digital image to the original print. I do my best.

This print was made on Revere Platinum paper. Developed in sodium acetate. Print time was 6 1/2 minutes. I know, that's strange for hand coating, but I was torn between the six minute and seven minute test strips, so I averaged the time. The print was toned in palladium toner for seven minutes. The palladium toner has a good deal of influence over the final image. I use the 5ml//1000ml toning solution, with 5g citric acid. The formula for the palladium toner using 4ml/1000ml tend to warm the print slightly more. The palladium toner's affect on the print is in brightening the highlights, opening up middle tones [light shadowed areas] and deepens blacks. Knowing that going allows for slight print time adjustments to compensate for the brightening of the highlights; zone 7.

Palladium toned Kallitype ~ Unique

"Two Lilies II" ~ 11x17


g. Michael Handgis Photography


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