From: Sandy King (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: 06/25/00-09:18:09 PM Z
Thanks to everyone who offered information to my query on salted paper. I
have now made a few nice salted prints and find it an interesting process.
However, for some reason my prints show what is either fog or stain in the
areas of the print that were brushed over with the sensitizer but that were
masked during exposure. This fog is not in the image itself because the
highlights of the image are nice and clean. Any suggestions what might be
going on here.
1. Apply the salting solution with a brush, using formula in Spirits of
Salt. Paper is 2-ply Bristol Rising.
2. Sensitize by brush with a plain 12% sodium nitrate solution.
3. Exposure with both sun and BL tubes (fog or stain with both).
4. Wash for 5-10 minutes or until the water no longer milky.
5. Fix in 5% solution with carbonate for 5 minutes. The fog or stain is not
visible at this time.
6. Wash for 30 minutes in running water. The fog (or stain) appears at this
stage after about 10 minutes in the wash.
BTW, I am a little confused about the color of my prints. All the
literature I have, and the comments that have been posted on the alt list,
suggest that the final color of a salted print (if not gold toned) will be
a kind of reddish/brown. My prints are much more neutral brown in color.
After fixing they are orange/red but on extended wash this color goes away
completely and is replaced by the neutral brown color. The image also gains
a little density during the final wash.
Thanks for any comments on the above.
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