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    one of eight shots from the park on paper negatives today others later.. It looks much worse on here than my computer but oh well[​IMG]
     
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    I'm not familiar with "paper negatives." Tell us more about that.

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    Wait a minute.... are you putting paper right into the camera?
     
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    For about three years since my retirement I have been working in retro. Building cameras ect.. working with antique lenses and bodies. I began working with paper negatives about a year ago and am still getting the hang of it. Basically you can shoot a paper negative in any camera that accepts film holders of any size. The one today is a 2x3 but I have 3x4 and 4x5 paper negative cameras.

    The camera this was shot with is a 2x3 made from polaroid body and a kodak lens... I installed a fixed f90 apureture. Paper is iso about 10 or 5 I think ten in the sunlight and five in the shade actually but Im not positive yet.

    Hertz worked out something for me there is a point where enlarging paper (which is all it is) reaches a saturation point. Longer exposures don't make a difference otherwise it is pretty much like shooting film. You get very different looking negatives. Very little detail and smoother I think. Im still teaching myself how to do it.
     
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    [​IMG]second from the park shoot paper negatives
     
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    What kind of paper is this here, Charlie? It has a very attractive hue.
     
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    its a plain old arista #2 rc ... I have a tint program actually three that I use to get the color. I know its strange but nothing else will do that color. funny thing though the paper will not come out black and white on the scanner

    It looks like it is solarzied on the scanner.
     
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    [​IMG]

    I shot eight shots today out there and I have processed four into the computer but they are far from finished.
     
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    I think they look great, the majority of the time, and I really like this toned look. At what point are you fixing the paper out?
     
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    The paper has black and white it is just going into the computer from the scanner as gray like it was solarized. Having devil of a time making it white again. I have worked my way down from 6 to two minutes developing. Unless you can tell me I'm going to do some research I have heard of a process to reverse the black and white. If i can find one I will have a true positive print from the can to work on. That would be nice. Taking it in as a negative is very hard to adjust the colors.[​IMG]

    I know you hate green tint so this is my perverse nature showing through....
     
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    Another paper negative from today
     
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    Just a second version
     

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