Getting Geared Up For Some New Floral Still Life Platinum Prints - Part 1
I am getting ready to work on a special project for a collector where I will be making some fine art platinum prints of some rare flowers.
While the details are getting worked out on the project, I thought I would get my daylight studio in working order and also get all of my darkroom processes finely tuned for platinum printing as well.
I am going to make a few prints over the next week or so and so I turned to my garden to select some fresh flowers.
I walked around my gardens today and I found a few flowers that I really appreciated. I especially loved the Dahlia that you see below and I can't wait to photograph it tomorrow morning in the soft northern light.
I will be using my 8x10 Chamonix large format view camera with my 5x7 reducing back because I want to make 5x7 platinum prints of this Dahlia, and possibly some roses that look to be in prime condition as well.
I use large format original film negatives when I create my platinum prints vs. printing a digital negative via Photoshop like some contemporary printmakers do. Quality is my top priority for my collectors and so I continue to use large format original film negatives for all of my platinum and platinum/palladium prints. My entire platinum workflow is completely analog. If you are interested in reading more articles about platinum printmaking, you can visit my platinum informational webpage.
I will be using some vintage brass lenses for these new prints and if you look at the photo at the top of this article, you will see a 19th-century Cooke soft focus lens to the left and a Rodenstock Mornar to the right. The optical signatures of these lenses are unmistakable. I hand-selected both of these lenses many years ago and they have become part of my brand.
I will be printing on Hahnemühle Platinum Rag for all of these prints. I have standardized on this paper for all of my platinum and platinum/palladium printmaking.
For the super geeks, I will be using Ilford FP4+ film and developing in Pyrocat HD.
I will write a new article after I create the platinum print of the Dahlia tomorrow and share it with you.
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