Adox Lupex Silver Chloride Contact Printing Paper + Digital Negatives Part I
Last year I made several large format silver chloride contact prints of wild horses from some 8x10 enlarged negatives that I created via my pure analog process.
Basically, I use my Nikon F6 with either Tri-X or HP-5 in the field using my 600mm F4 lens to create the exposures and then using the classic analog process to make an interpositive before ultimately making the enlarged analog negative. I mostly make 8x10 enlarged negatives from the original 35mm film for both contact prints or my big silver gelatin enlargements.
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This year, I am going to take everything that I know about creating custom curves in Photoshop and digital negatives for making platinum and palladium prints and using that to create a new curve and digital negatives for making silver chloride contact prints.
I have waited for almost 7 months for the Adox Lupex silver chloride paper to come back in stock and I was finally able to order some 16x20 paper yesterday!
I also have several large format negatives that have either some small imperfections or something making them undesirable to use for making contact prints. If this project goes well, I will scan these large format negatives, make the necessary repairs/edits in Photoshop and make a new digital negative. This could possibly open up a lot of new printing opportunities.
I am going to start with making some smaller 8x10 prints first while I explore a variety of developers ranging from Amidol to others and then dial in the look and feeling of the prints before going larger. The plan is to start making some 16x20 silver chloride contact prints and dry mounting them on 20x24 for final presentation.
As I work my way through the technical details and creative choices, I will create additional articles sharing my thoughts, findings, and analysis.
I should mention that my wild horses project is the driving force behind me exploring these new options. The vast majority of my work with the horses is captured on my F6 35mm SLR using my 600mm F4 lens because I need the mobility and focal reach.
I plan to first create some digital negatives from my 35mm film scans and see how that goes. I do a lot of video of the horses in the field with my D5 or D6, and I also have a fair amount of digital captures that I can use for testing too. If this all works as good as I hope, I could potentially start capturing using the D5 or D6, making the digital negatives, and then make the silver chloride contact prints.
I will keep you posted as I make progress or hit the wall with issues.
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