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    Re: Post your (intimate) woodland scenes

    Really nice, Joe
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    Re: Up Off The Mat...Again?

    Several questions: For those who do sell a lot of prints, what sells the best? Landscapes? Still life? Black-and-white? Are you selling traditional silver darkroom prints? Do buyers of photography...
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    Re: Darkroom Tip

    I’d frame that cover and hang it in my darkroom.
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    Re: Darkroom Tip

    Great idea! I’ll wear an old one to wipe my hands on.
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Michael,
    Just so I understand correctly, the wash routine you describe — is that after you’ve toned a print, or before toning?
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Thanks, Michael. Do you give your prints a second fix before toning?
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Thanks, Doremus. I think the wash between fix 1 and 2 is something I’ll keep up. I appreciate all the advice from you and others on the forum. Hopefully, this issue won’t crop up again.
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    I've just emerged from the darkroom, three-day growth of beard and squinting against the bright light, ready to report an update on my stained photo borders problem. I thank my wife for shoving food...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Can’t see any damage to the paper, but I will check that with a loupe.
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Here’s the thing, though: I don’t see the staining before the toning. After fixing and rinsing the prints, I typically hang them up to dry before toning and complete washing the next day. When I...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Hi Doremus,
    The staining is only visible with through-light from behind. Looking at the backs of the prints under normal lighting, they look fine. The staining isn't visible under normal surface...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Before this thread fades into oblivion, one last observation: I just looked at some toned, unmounted prints I made from earlier boxes of Multigrade Classic FB, and the vast majority of them have...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Hi Michael,
    Those straight lines are somehow caused by my easel. That's a crappy iPhone photo, but yes, it's the white border showing the stains. Only visible with light shining through the print. I...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    The stained photo borders saga continues:
    Here's a photo of the stained border on a print that received 2 fresh fixer baths, followed by a rinse and 1 hour of washing in a tray with, shuffling,...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    Thatís beautiful!
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    Excellent! Thank you
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Thanks, Robert. Still working my way through a 100-sheet box of Ilford Multigrade Classic. It’s the only paper I have on hand at the moment. I’ve also been corresponding with Ilford tech support...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Appreciate the responses. I was a strong “D” student in math. So yes, I think I got my 1+4 dilution messed up. I added 6oz of fix to 30oz water. Should have added 6 oz to 24 oz water. Still strong...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Thanks all. Paper (Ilford Multigrade Classic) is new. Using fresh fix for recommended time. I keep prints totally submerged and agitated in fix. Selenium toner freshly mixed with distilled water. I...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Hi Doremus,
    Yes, I washed the prints for 15 minutes yesterday evening (after fixing) and hung them to dry. The borders were nice and clean this morning prior to toning.
    Before toning this morning,...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Well, my staining problem continues. Even with fresh fixer, I'm still getting stained borders following selenium toning. I made three prints yesterday, fixing each one in a tray of fresh Ilford Rapid...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Thank you, sir. I did try the selenium test on a print yesterday, and yes, it did leave a light tan/brown color. This morning I made some prints with fresh fix. Washed them thoroughly for 15 minutes,...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Thank you,
    But aside from the no-wash or do-wash before toner, the staining is caused by inadequate, ie, weak, exhausted fix, no? So if I have a tray of fresh, robust fixer, there should be no...
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    Re: Abstracts

    That’s nice, Jason.
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Thanks — I do the 5 minute wash after fix, but then I go into the toner. After toning, I rinse them again for 5 to 10 minutes and then Perma Wash, followed by washing in a tray with running water,...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Thanks again, Doremus. I'm going to try the KRST test on a print and see what happens.
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    I've also been in contact via email with Ilford support. I sent them photos of the mysterious gray specks on the backs of some prints, as well as images of the staining. The gray specks tend to...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Thanks -- I'm puzzled, too. I just checked my jar of mixed (1:4) Ilford Rapid Fix that I've been using for several darkroom sessions with a strip of unexposed film, and it cleared in 1 minute, but...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    That’s a terrific photograph.
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Doremus,
    Thank you — I really appreciate it.
    So my problem is more likely to be inadequate fixing, ie, weak or exhausted fixer. And this, therefore, causes the print to stain when toned in...
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Forgot to mention -- I'm using Ilford Multigrade Classic and Multigrade paper developer. As well as Ilford stop and Ilford rapid fixer. Thanks again!
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    Re: Discolored white borders on prints

    Doremus,
    Thanks for the input. No, I'm not going directly from the Ilford Rapid Fix to the toner. After fixing, I rinse/wash the prints for 5 to 10 minutes in running water, shuffling and dumping...
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    Re: Large Format Landscapes

    That’s a lovely photograph. I love the quality of light.
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    Discolored white borders on prints

    Well, I've been having some processing issues in the darkroom. In another thread (from yesterday), I discussed strange gray speckles on the backs of some of my prints along with brownish stains...
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    Re: Mystery gray specks on backs of prints

    212590

    Here's the image shows light shining through where each gray spot is on the back of the print.
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    Re: Mystery gray specks on backs of prints

    Thanks, Doremus.
    I was in the darkroom today to see if I could pinpoint the problem. I made two prints -- one print has the gray spots or speckles on the back, the other one does not. I used a...
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    Re: Mystery gray specks on backs of prints

    To my horror, I think I must also have wash-related issues. While trying to determine the cause of the gray speck issue, I held a print up to a light so that it was back-lit. I saw what look like...
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    Re: Mystery gray specks on backs of prints

    The pencil could be the problem, but I’ve done that previously with no issues. Next darkroom session, I won’t do that and see what happens.
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    Mystery gray specks on backs of prints

    Having an issue that's never cropped up before. I'm using Ilford Multigrade Classic FB paper, and recently I've noticed small gray specks that show up in random, scattered patterns on the backs of...
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    Re: Post your churches

    That’s beautiful!
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