>We have now conducted some fairly rigorous tests in relation to the new
>Kentmere bromoil paper.
>Perhaps the toughest of these was to submit prints on the new Kentmere
>bromoil paper for the Associate Distinction of the Royal Photographic
>Society. Chris Fox was so successful with his bromoils that he was told
>that if he were to submit five more prints of a similar standard they
>would award him a full fellowship.
>My own experience is that the paper will give the full range of tones and
>great subtlety of detail in both the shadows and the highlights. In fact
>bromoils of ethereal lightness can be produced. Of course the paper has to
>be dealt with in a manner consistent with the qualities of the paper. As
>with the Document Art the best results are obtained if the highlights are
>inked with soft ink, the middle tones with a medium ink and the shadows
>with a harder ink.
>The best results are obtained if a combination of inks are used on any
>particular print and as different hardnesses of ink require different
>methods of application, different brushes and/or rollers should be used.
>Using only rollers requires a print of a certain quality for the best
>results. The print that you sent me demonstrates that to produce the best
>results in the shadows it would have been better if a harder ink had been
>used if rollers were to be used to apply the ink.. The shadow detail was
>blocked up and the emulsion had lifted as the wrong consistency of ink had
>been used which led to unreasonable forces being placed on the material
>when a roller had been used in an attemt to remove the excess ink. The
>problem could have been overcome if a harder ink had been used, or a brush
>had been used to remove ink to expose the shadow detail, or another softer
>print had been used as the basis for the bromoil.
>If you would care to send me another copy of the print before inking up, or
>a copy of the original negative, I will show you what I mean using the new
>Kentmere paper which in my experience works better than anything else on
>We will be having bromoil workshops at the new Richmond Studios, now to be
>known as 'Hands-On Pictures', that will demonstrate these principle in
>I have copied this posting to two people on the list who asked to be kept
>informed. Would you mind if it were copied to the whole of the alt photo
Do it, I think it is of general interest.
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