WooooHoooo! Albumen success

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  1. windrivermaiden

    windrivermaiden TPF Noob!

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    Finally successful albumen prints. (Civil War re-enactment; Huntington Beach CA, 2006)
    These are double coated albumen, sensitized by floating on 15% silver nitrate for 2 minutes. Exposed 1'30" in midday So Cal sun. Washed in clear water 5 minutes, fixed 5 minutes in Sodium thiosulfate, washed in clear water 40 minutes, then toned in Selenium toner for 3 minutes and finally washed for another 40 minutes and dried.
    Not bad for starters...cant wait to do more.:)
     
  2. blackdoglab

    blackdoglab yeah I'm easy.... but I'm not cheap

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    D&mn, that's the kind of stuff i want to do! Did you scan negatives and make negative transparencies, or use a large photographic negative?

    Keep up yer handmade photography!
     
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    I made digital negatives printed on an Epson R320 (5 x 7)...some from scanned neopan 100 and 400. Some are from digital files. I use Pictorico OHP for my negatives, although I have used standard transparency film from Staples with good results for Van Dyke process and Cyanotype. I highly recommend Dan Burkholder's digital negative book. I don't claim to understand the highly technical stuff he talks about but the book is a great place to start and for a resource.

    So far I'm all self taught, I haven't found any classes or seminars in my area or price range. I did a paper on Albumen process in college photo class a few years ago and then I went to Bostick and Sullivan's Platypus party last summer met a guy there who had acutally made some and was inspired to try it.....and here are the results.

    I have about 60 images of Civil War re-enactments that I would like to eventually print in this process.

    The total dream is to get a 8 X 10 field camera, bad hair day hood and all, and take "real" photos.
     
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    albumen..... as in egg white??
     
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    windrivermaiden TPF Noob!

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    YES, EGG WHITE..(SORRY ABOUT THE SHOUTING, I'M WORKING IN AUTOCAD...BUT SNEAKING SOME FORUM TIME IN)
     
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    Wow..thats some awesome work!
     
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    Wow! They were reenacting the battle of Huntington Beach?! (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) The photos look terrific, by the way. Excellent work!
     

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