From: Peter Marshall (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: 02/16/03-09:46:07 AM Z
I'd forget what Schaefer says, which seems too me to be confusing and
unnecessarily complicated. You might like to take a look at
http://photography.about.com/library/weekly/aa050602a.htm for a feature
with some simple instructions that I used when teaching workshops. Others
may do things differently and get good results too of course.
You can adequately control the nitrate/chloride ratio by salting the paper
using a consistent procedure and then brush on a measured amount of silver
nitrate solution as evenly as possible. It works fine and avoids the
problems of changing silver bath concentrations.
The Ansel Adams Basic Photo Series was a great publication in its original
format in the 1950s (and I still occasionally refer to it), but each
revision seems to have lessened its utility. I'm pretty sure there was
nothing about alt processes in the original though.
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> I am fairly new to this list and newer still to the alternative photo
> processes....having yet to make my first print. I have decided to start
> with the oldest and the most basic of all processes, i.e. the salt
> So I thought may be I will piggy-pack on this discussion.
> I have been reading as much as I can find about this process on this
> list as
> well as other web sources and several books, as I wait for all the
> chemicals/papers/etc. to come together. One book, which is not an
> alternative process book per se, gives a procedure that is different
> what is conventionally reported elsewhere. The book is by John
> Schaefer -his Ansel Adams Guide Part II. In the book, he recommends to
> a coating of the Silver nitrate first, followed by floating in salt and
> finally a short float in a dilute (1%) Silver Nitrate. It makes sense
> me) that this would result in a more controlled Nitrate/Chloride ratio
> the paper, perhaps giving rise to better predictability in the resulting
> prints, as excess Silver Nitrate is known to play the role of a catalyst
> (from what I have read) in conversion of Silver Chloride to metallic
> during exposure.
> I was wondering if anyone on the list has tried something like that and
> would care to share his/her experience/opinion on the same.
> Thanks for your response.
> Niranjan Patel.
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