Better B & W prints

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Better B & W prints

Postby Tom Bloom » Thu Jun 23, 2005 10:17 am

Been printing B&W 30 years. My prints are looking duller than they used to. Is it only because of the lack of silver in new films? I want the sparkle back.


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Postby Digitaltruth » Sat Jun 25, 2005 10:44 am

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Dull prints

Postby nettie » Wed Jul 06, 2005 6:16 pm

:?: In reply to dull prints are there not many possibilities other than negatives or the negative developer ????

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Re: Better B & W prints

Postby brianmcgloin » Sat Aug 13, 2005 4:47 pm

Tom Bloom wrote:Been printing B&W 30 years. My prints are looking duller than they used to. Is it only because of the lack of silver in new films? I want the sparkle back.
Mr. Bloom,
It would be easier if you gave a little detail of your methodology ... and if anything has changed in your darkroom or even plumbing. A new water softener or old water heater can effect development times.

A little while back I moved to a new apartment in a different town. I realized that I had to nearly double film development times to make up for whatever wacky stuff was (or wasn't) in the water ... a removed grew out of my forehead as well as an extra toe - so maybe the water was a little wierd.


As far as I know, current films and papers are just as silver rich as they have been and in some cases more so.
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Re: Better B & W prints

Postby Ornello » Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:35 am

Tom Bloom wrote:Been printing B&W 30 years. My prints are looking duller than they used to. Is it only because of the lack of silver in new films? I want the sparkle back.
Tell us exactly what you are doing, what films, papers, and developers you are using, and what equipment, in complete detail. Otherwise, it's impossible to say.


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