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    Harman Direct Positive Images

    I thought I'd start a new thread specifically for images exposed on the new Harman Direct Positive paper. Efke's positive paper images also welcome, of course.

    I've been working with the 4x5 fiber-based version of Harman's Direct Positive paper for a few months, and also have several packs of the 8x10 that I need to work with.

    Today's still-lifes were exposed under the indirect north-facing light of my back porch, using a WWII-era Anniversary Speed Graphic and 127mm Ektar lens. The first two images are with the lens wide open at f/4.7, while the last image is stopped down to f/16. With bellows extension the working apertures were f/7.5 and f/26 respectively.

    I give this paper a slight preflash prior to exposure, and rate the paper at a working exposure index of 1.6. Metering was reflective using a Gossen Luna Pro F.

    The paper was developed in Ilford PQ liquid diluted 1+15.

    Scans of the direct prints were done in color mode to retain some of the emulsion's tone.

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    Bowl (2 second exposure):


    Robot Rider (3 second exposure):


    Gourd Birds (15 second exposure):
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    Re: Harman Direct Positive Images

    Last week I captured onto Harman Direct Positive FB paper several images of this Lasko fan, which I purchased at a thrift shop, to decorate my newly refurnished office.

    4x5 Speed Graphic, 150mm binocular lens (from a 7x50 binocular) stopped down to 20mm aperture. Lighting was from the right side of the subject (the left side in the reversed direct positive image) through an afternoon-lit window. Preflashed, as is my usual procedure. Scanned in color mode to retain the paper's tone.

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    Re: Harman Direct Positive Images

    Portrait under indirect north light. Harman Direct Positive FB paper in 4x5 Speed Graphic, 127mm Ektar lens. 6 second exposure. She did a great job of not moving or blinking. Scanned in B/W mode, otherwise in color the paper scans with a bit of a greenish tone.

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    Gelatin-silver photograph on Harman Direct Positive Paper 8x10 exposed in a Tachihara 810HD triple extension field view camer fitted with a Fujinon-W 300mm f5.6 lens.

    The Harman Direct positive Paper was pre-flashed to reduce contrast and then given a camera exposure of 3 seconds at f5.6. Development was in Dektol 1+2, fix was in Hypam 1+4, and a 30 minute archival wash followed. Lighting was from a skylight in a traditionally arranged photographic studio without electricity. This photograph like all direct positive reflective images (Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Tintypes for example) is mirror reversed with respect to the subject.
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    Re: Harman Direct Positive Images

    Great stuff here guys.
    Maris, do you have a picture of this studio?

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    Maris,
    Did you buy the direct positive paper in Australia?

    Jon

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    Re: Harman Direct Positive Images

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom J McDonald View Post
    Great stuff here guys.
    Maris, do you have a picture of this studio?
    No good pictures of the studio but lots within it. The studio I had built as part of my house. The idea was to use natural light instead of flash or tunsten, just like the 19th century all over again. Unfortunately I ran out of money and had to settle for a lower ceiling height which makes heads brighter than feet. A 1 stop soft edge ND grad filter takes care of the inequality and the studio works a treat.
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    Re: Harman Direct Positive Images

    Quote Originally Posted by jonreid View Post
    Maris,
    Did you buy the direct positive paper in Australia?

    Jon
    The paper came from Harman direct after a bit of argy-bargy. Harman originally quoted their domestic UK price which I challenged as too high. Their international price is a lot lower because it does not include VAT.

    The Direct Positive Paper RC44M 8x10, pk of 100 at GBP 86.21 landed in my hands at AUD$136.21 all up. Transit time was about 2 weeks.

    DPP is a high contrast short scale material intolerant of exposure and processing error. My first 50 sheets went on testing and calibrating. Expensive but interesting.
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    Re: Harman Direct Positive Images

    Joe, Where are you buying your paper? Chris

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    Re: Harman Direct Positive Images

    Quote Originally Posted by CCB View Post
    Joe, Where are you buying your paper? Chris
    I purchase mine from Freestyle Photo. The first batch of 4x5's was on backorder for several months, earlier this spring, but a later order, with both 4x5 and 8x10, shipped much quicker. I think as more and more people start to use this paper the shipping will be more consistent. Best to stock up, when you do order.

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