From: Christina Z. Anderson (email@example.com)
Date: 04/25/00-08:13:54 AM Z
I am very interested in this strain: I have always printed my gums in (lo
and behold) sunlight and they have worked out fine, and have heard that
artificial light sources in general produce duller images, but thought I
would buy an Edwards Lightbox in the near future because Montana's sunlight
is pretty indirect in dead winter. So you are saying that fluorescent (sp)
bulbs are duller and lower in contrast than two other artificial light
sources? How about the three artificial in relation to sunlight? It seems
we are talking four sources here: fluorescent, quartz halogen, and metal
halide....vs. sun, of course. So which is best? Or is this anecdotal? In
other words, wouldn't you have to test the same neg 4 times to really get a
good judge of the issue, for perhaps it's the neg that is the problem (or
the gum mixture, etc)? Is there visual proof? Please excuse the snipping
condensation of two messages below...
> As a part of that first online class (kudos, Dick...great idea and
> > experience) I was a victim of the fluorescent failure. I'd used an
> > Edwards Engineering box successfully for some prints in V.D, cyanotype
> > (original and Ware formulas), platinum, and gum. Of all of these gum was
> > the worst.
> > During the Livick class, my test negative just died in all tests and
> > soon it became apparent the difference was the light source. Subsequent
> > testing by another classmate, Joe Smeigel, with quartz halogen lamps
> > produced promising results, but the metal halide lamps were clear
> > winners.
> As ever, generalisations about gum printing seem to beg for contradiction.
> Or let me say again that recently when my NuArc died, I went back to the
> BL bulbs and found they printed much better, easier. My thought is that
> they print gum somewhat flatter -- ie, longer scale -- which could be why.
> (Tho when I had the reflective foil under the fluorescent bulbs they
> printed worse, purely fuzzified.)
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