Develop, then expose

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    I just wanted to share an interesting thing I came across some time ago. A guy I knew would throw his paper into developer and then lay it, wet, on the easel and expose. Made for some interesting prints.
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    Cool story bro.
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    Pictures or it didn't happen.
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    I knew a guy who would get really drunk, then take off all of his clothes, thus exposing himself, and would then see how things developed!!!
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    Sounds like a fungi.

    See what I did there? Fun-guy?
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    We called him "The Party Animal", or just "The P-A". His real name was Craig, and he was an American...but then he actually created a FAKE Norwegian accent, and started hanging out with the Norwegian contingent and speaking like them, partying with them...and started calling himself "The Party Animal". One of life's many oddities and strange experiences...they had an entirely different approach to nudity...one time one of the pretty Norwegian girls was out in the middle of the quad and she took her shirt and bra off to get some sun....hooo-boy....talk about a cross-cultural exchange...
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    The underlying question is... Why a Norwegian accent?
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    Hey, I've written about that forgotten, old technique a few times. It's usually called chemical dodging and that was one of the variations. I was taught it in the early 70's, by Jock Sturges - here's an old APUG thread about it (link).

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    Cool!
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    Okay, slow down...you can recognize a Norwegian accent?
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    The technique is known as the Emmerman process and it can yield interesting results. Depending on the sequence of exposures, the time between exposures, and the filtration of individual exposures a variety of pseudo-solarized images can be obtained.

    I have also used the Emmerman process to extract information from negatives with wide density ranges. The first exposure is for the shadows. They develop up and the silver forms a mask against further exposure. A second in register exposure, maybe a minute later, can now be extended to bring in the highlights without the shadows (remember they are masked) going dead black. Resin-coat paper soaks up much less developer than fibre-base so the results are different. There are plenty of variables so a wasted day in the darkroom is always on the cards.
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    Who can't? I recognize it every time you post, Compaq.
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    Do you know why it is called the Emmerman process? Chemical dodging, which seems to have been used since the 40's or 50's, seems more descriptive, albeit a little prosaic for those who prefer the arcane.
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    He was hanging out with Norwegian students, partying with them,...and he wanted other people to think he was one of them...it was a weird case of watching a person literally re-invent himself. People who knew him as The PA never realized he was an American...there was a big contingent of them, and he felt accepted by them...
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    From COMPLETE BOOK OF SCIENCE , 1958 ed by LITTLE & IVES

    No idea who Emmerman was.
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    Good find. From old SMPTE papers and Neblette's Photo Materials and Processes (1952) it looks like he may have been a German photo chemist working in the 20's and 30's. Not Norwegian at all.
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    reminds me a bit about chemical painting. In this case we "place" the developer on the paper as it is being exposed.

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