[Alt-photo] Alt-photo-process-list Digest, Vol 177, Issue 5

Anne Chansonette chansonette at gmail.com
Thu Oct 12 00:37:05 UTC 2017

Hey Mark,

     That's a good idea---to coat a piece of paper and leave it in the dark
room to see if anything settles on it. Denny also has a good point with the
hair dryer.

     So far I have tried:

New brush
New chemistry (have been buying FO in solution from B & S- will try buying
dry from Artcraft next)
Tearing my paper with a glass edge rather than a stainless steel rule
Replaced droppers and all other containers used for soaking brushes or
mixing sensitizer
Thoroughly cleaned workspace and put clean paper down on table
Use only distilled water

     I print on Hahnemühle platinum rag. As I told Chris in our off-list
exchange, I tried coating a piece of Rives that I had kicking around for
gum and it was much worse. I saw the plague spots after the coated paper
sat for a few minutes, before even exposing or developing. Generally on the
HPR, I am not seeing the spots until after development. However, I want to
make 100% certain that is the case. I was out of the lab this week and had
to travel, but now that I am back I am ready to start from scratch and get
this resolved.

     Thanks again, I will post results of the next round of investigation.
Or I'll start drawing birds lol ;)


On Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 4:35 PM, MARK NELSON via Alt-photo-process-list <
alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org> wrote:

> Anne,
> Maybe coat a sheet of paper and leave it in your darkroom in total
> darkness for a couple of days on a counter where you work.  See if
> something is settling on it?
> It could even be clothes that you wear…. so if I were in my metal shop and
> grinding tool steel, then went to make a print…I would have a print that
> looks like I spilled pepper on it.
> Best Wishes,
> Mark Nelson
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> > On Oct 11, 2017, at 11:11 AM, alt-photo-process-list-
> request at lists.altphotolist.org wrote:
> >
> > Thanks Denny- that s exactly what I ve been doing and I know what to
> look for, but it s been hard to pinpoint the problem in my own set up. I m
> starting at square one again and beginning the process of systematic
> elimination once more. I am fairly certain it is metal contamination early
> in the printing process, just can t seem to eliminate it no matter what I
> do. I m going to try new FO and mix my own this time - that s about the
> only thing so haven t done. After that, I m wondering how to check for
> metal particulates in the environment, beyond the obvious rusty
> pipes/hinges etc.
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