Okay, I remember visiting this forum perhaps a year ago and saw a topic on silver vs. digital prints. And I am unable to locate it so I am starting a new topic on this subject, perhaps, once again.
Right now, I have a conventional darkroom that is collecting dust. I am getting pressure to clear out the room to open it up for other use.... and I am probably going to do it. Will I regret it? That's my dilemma.
I do love what can be done in digital these days and I have some negatives that I have manipulated in such a way that I can not do with a conventional enlarger process. On the other hand, I have some awesome silver images stashed away in my closet and just do not know whether digital can reproduce some of the tonalities I have been able to achieve in these prints. Some of my higher key negatives might not scan well because of the saturation of silver (with detail) in the highlight regions.
I am wondering with the current state of the art in digital primtmaking and drum scanning, whether the depths I have been able to achieve with the silver process can be duplicated in digital with printmaker resources such as West Coast Imaging, for example.
Here is a shot that I have that can only be achieved in digital manipulation:
Here is a shot that I am not so sure digital can get to. highlight and deep shadow detail because of scanning dynamic range limitations:
Anyway, what do you guys think? Should I clear out my room?
Another poster said that silver "feels" different. I have to admit that I have not visited many galleries lately to see just how far digital prints have come... but I read things like Huntington Witherill claims, that digital can now match silver. Is that true?
How does a silver print feel different than a state of the art digital print on the finest papers available?