- oh, how long do I have to stand still?
Hah, she knows me very well ;D
I just found a bit of time to try direct positive paper which I have since while.
Due to its very low speed (ISO 3) and energy of my young model I had to use studio lights to achieve reasonable shutter speed and aperture. Quite important not only when photographing a child ;)
After setting light to maximum power I got 1/30 shutter speed with f/8. Just about something I was looking for.
|scanned print (please click the image to see it bigger)|
After that there was a time for a wet part of the process. Very exciting moments as always when it comes to printing.
I choose an Ilford Multigrade paper developer. Luckily I still had an unopened bottle. I didn't expected that after a few months break in printing ;)
Dilution as stated on the bottle 1+9, stop in water and then fix bath in Ilford Rapid Fixer 1+4. Just like with RC paper.
Trays filled with chemicals, safe light ON and after a few minutes everything was done :)
Image itself came out really fast. it was about 20-30seconds. And that’s It.
Pre-flashing is sometimes recommended for this paper. It gives more grays but also lower contrast so... I didn't pre-flash :)
I wanted to achieve good contrast which means for me - high ;) and my decision was right.
After all I find it a bit similar to wet plate collodion. It’s the first thing which came to my mind when I saw photograph coming out on developing tray. I am talking here about all idea rather then the process itself which in this case is much easier and faster.
- photograph taken in that way is the only one you have
- the image is a mirror reflection of photographed subject
I love direct positive paper and the way the photograph is made with it. Very reach tones, fantastic details and contrast and also quite short time required to see the result.
Will definitely use it more often instead of traditional film.
Sinar F2 with Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar-S 150mm 5.6 lens, 4x5 Harman Direct Positive Paper FB Glossy .
Update 07/09/2012 - You can also have a look at my other post about Direct Positive Paper where I am using it with natural light ;) Click Here Please