Two prints from a session in the darkroom yesterday afternoon. Both come from 4×5 Ilford FP4+ negatives, shot with the Intrepid camera. I set out to print the first, the teasel, using the split filtering technique, but I got better results using a single exposure at Grade 2.5 with some dodging on the teasel head. The paper is Ilford Multigrade IV RC, Lustre finish.
When I looked at this print when it came off the print dryer last night, I thought I would use it to practice with fibre paper. Nearly all of my printing so far has been on resin-coated paper, but I have quite a bit of fibre paper that I was lucky enough to be given some years ago. I’d also like to sepia tone this image.
However, this morning I noticed some chemical marks on the print borders, so clearly I hadn’t washed it for long enough (it had been in an archival washer for 7 minutes, which should be enough for RC paper). If I haven’t got my washing technique right for RC paper, then I need some more practice before moving to fibre paper.
I like the above image of a stargazer lilly, but I feel that it doesn’t have enough space on the top and the right hand side, so I probably won’t try any further prints of this negative. Again this was printed straight at Grade 2.5.