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    Platinum printing demo - my new video!

    When I began shooting large format just a few years ago, I could not imagine where it would lead me. Although I've dabbled with silver gelatin printing, I was never able to get the results that I wanted, or never in a way that seemed, uh, sustainable.

    With platinum printing, I feel I've found my home. It has all the satisfaction of a handmade product, the beautiful and subtle results I want, and it doesn't require an entire symphonic performance every time. (Not that the level of effort involved should ever be underestimated!)

    I created this 5-minute video to share my enthusiasm for the process with those that may not have had the chance to experience it firsthand. I hope I have acquitted myself well.




    This is the print I made in the video. Taken last spring in the city of Porto, Portugal from our hotel balcony. Ilford HP5+.



    For more about my platinum palladium prints, and my printing collaboration with Austin Granger, please visit me here:
    The Cunningham Press. On Facebook: Facebook page for The Cunningham Press

    Cheers!

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    Re: Platinum printing demo - my new video!

    Beautifully made, thanks for sharing!

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    Re: Platinum printing demo - my new video!

    Nice!

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    Re: Platinum printing demo - my new video!

    First of all lovely image. I have one question on your exposure unit . Is the light source LED? I see all those dots, so I am curious.
    Thank you
    Ray

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    Re: Platinum printing demo - my new video!

    Hi Ray, thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Van Nes View Post
    Is the light source LED?
    Yes, it's made with LED strips. I left a lot of technical details out of the video, as I'm sure you noticed, but happy to answer any questions. Paul

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    Re: Platinum printing demo - my new video!

    Video mentions 4x5 - is this a digital negative?

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    Re: Platinum printing demo - my new video!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Mann View Post
    Video mentions 4x5 - is this a digital negative?
    Hi Bob, yes it is. I use an Epson 3880 and Pictorico transparency film. I also use QTR software to output the image to the Epson at 360dpi.

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    Re: Platinum printing demo - my new video!

    The video makes it look like you spend a lot of time brushing the surface of the paper during coating. If so, do you get raised fibres or an abraded surface from it?

    Nice image and a clean presentation. You might give a shout out to Bostick & Sullivan for the chemistry and whomever you purchase your paper from - as well as what paper you find works best for you.
    I tend to procrastinate on stuff. One of these days I'll do something about it.

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    Re: Platinum printing demo - my new video!

    Thank you

    Why were the sizes of the final print and the mat?

    Your print size, mat size, and frame size work together quite well. I usually opt for using thinner black frames, but now have to consider using wider black frames after seeing you final frames photograph.

    Greg

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    Re: Platinum printing demo - my new video!

    Paul,

    That's really nice, I'm visiting now the website you've pointed to. You presented the process as simply that makes me want to try the process myself,

    Thanks,

    Renato

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