Artist Life

Reset the clocks. Run the short loop. Walk the long way back.

Breakfast is grits and sweet potato. Veg sausages and espresso

Off to the garden shop — bags of mulch, compost; no seeds. They’ve already come from online stores. Skip the starter plants. They always tempt, but they never grow as well as from seed, or direct planting in the yarden.

Put prints from yesterday into flatten press.

Into the darkroom. Re-print yesterday’s negatives using softer developer. Ilford Multigrade and 1+9. Simple, reliable. Spend time testing imagery not chemistry.

Prints looking good. Mix scones. Bake scones. Lunch. Rice and yogurt. Start new rice. Back to darkroom

Go to next negatives on list of ‘print for edit’ — always 8x10s. Keep process simple, repeatable. Expand other areas of praxis.

Prints washing. Read some. Avoid the dead-enders, the freezer geezers that dominate the Web Forums.

Set prints drying. Cut veg for dinner. Plot out midnight readings.

Seek out Winogrand Color book? Not published?

Oh, write this and post. Do more. Do more often.

art daily

Separations: start here

notations on making separation negatives. bits from the past intended for today.

wratten filter numbers

direct seps are easiest, but you create “time seps” as well — trichromie.

contact seps are easier than enlarged seps. 
learn what standard light is -- then you can begin to translate "old" literature. Use the theory and experience of those who made their living in labs.

contact: standard light
 standard light - tungsten -
first, early innovator lab: Evans & Peterson Color 
K&M filtermatic and K&M Point Light … Omega ULE system
3 FC = .3 density from a 3.0 wedge density
AIM ~= .4 shadow negative

using silver density steps will introduce you to the “green problem” — aka, green gaps
calibrate with color strips &&& silver wedges

derive “Relative Exposures” of the sep set
29, 61, 47b

notes from tabula rosa: super XX to Tmax. XX is twice over. convert those historical refs to current start points. Oh. use HC-110 B at 72F
visual evaluation/ no densitometer, make a BW print onto known paper.
print the Green Sep, unless GREEN is the dominant scene color. (then use red)

First seps from: DuPont Fine Grain Pan (20x) easy

Grain of seps: 1975-80)
Plus-X -- lowest, best enlargement
Sep Type 1 (reciprocity notes)
XX - highest grain
         -Green: less exposure longer Development
DS Base exposure: (working with ‘factors’)
(25) Red ~=~ 1
(58) Green +1/3
(47) Blue + 2 2/3
OR take blue as the base exposure, then apply ND filters to the RED & GREEN exposures.

— newton ring 
offset powder // gum glass
watch RH of film room.
don't mix exposure, storage, processing stages in same room.
tmax contact [at asa 6]
29	24 sec
61	14 sec
47b	135 sec

HC 110 A,B  // C,F
DK50  st, 1+1 // 1+2, 1+3
D76	st, 1+1 // 1+3
Seps // masks
from back in the day:
Dupont 16D  6,7,8,9  == for gammas of .6 to .9 /.Sure made it easy.
watch how you dry the seps. angles matter. never force dry (use "secret" dryer)
learn how to mix D76 so it doesn't "shift" on you. Oh, avoid those who don't know how.


two shoes

  • the path is the destination
  • the destination isn’t on any path
  • MA (japanese)


PS. what do I currently use? Ilford: delta, ortho plus, fp4+ — not Kodak. I have it. Have used it. don’t now.