By now you're probably fed up of seeing me post landscape after landscape. I'm sorry but that's pretty much all i've been shooting lately. Not even a shipwreck has crossed my path in the last couple of rolls i've shot. I did, however, shoot a test roll when my wife got her new Pentax 67 (yes, i have converted her from digital - jackpot)! There was one frame on it that i decided would potentially look good lithed.
So, i loaded up the enlarger, focused, chose some ancient Foma Neobrom 211N paper and set about making a test strip. Imagine my surprise when the print actually developed well. This paper is old. Really old. It's in a paper packet and even the lightproof sleeve is paper! Surprising, then that it developed so well. In fact, it developed so well i decided not to lith it and just make a straight print. Fortunately the paper i had was the right grade (2 i think) and so i chose an exposure, burned each edge for 1 stop extra to provide a nice border and developed in Ethol LPD 1:4. The keen-eyed among you may note that this is a cold tone paper and i'm developing it in warm tone developer. Deliberate! The final print gave of a lovely sharp silvery tone which was a delight to behold (until i obliterated it with toner that is). As always my hand ended up reaching for the selenium toner. I gave it a few minutes in 1:5 toner until it started taking on a warm brown tone, then i slipped it into some bleach (after a wash of course) and gave it a slight sepia hit in the highlights. This resulted in the final print:
So what do we learn? Sometimes it's nice to print something simple and easy to give yourself a confidence boost and to get those juices flowing again!