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June 21, 2015 / Aware of the Void

Get your Liths out for the Lads

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A few times a year I meet up with some of the guys from the Irish APUG forum and we have a bit of show and tell with our recent efforts in analogue photography.

Since I started doing my own darkroom printing at home I have found these meetings invaluable. There is a great sense of encouragement in the room and a critique where requested is done in a very gentle way. Over the years I have received practical advice and guidance that has helped me to get better as a printer and allowed me to be more confident in what I’m trying to achieve.

I have been very busy in work and on the domestic end of things we have undertaken some pretty major building works that have taken over a lot of my spare time. So getting into the Darkroom has slipped down the list as a priority. The recent print show was an excuse to spend a few evenings trying to make prints in the hope that I would have something new.

Other than printing a few postcards to contribute to Monica’s monthly postcard swap I had not printed anything from the trip to India so decided to concentrate my efforts on some of the portraits I made while traveling. I got it into my head that Liths of the people would be a nice way to go as the warmth of the country and people I met would be present in the tone of the final prints. I also printed a couple of the night time cityscapes of Dublin and once again feel the Lith process has helped the mood of the results.

I struggled for a long time with the process of Lith printing and had almost given up on it but I think I was just using the wrong subjects.

The India Prints:
Camera: Nikon FM2
Film: Kodak TRI-X 400
Dev: HC110 (B) 7min 20c
Paper: Fomatone MG Classic Warm Tone (132 Matt)
Paper Dev: Moersch Easy Lith 20ml(A)+20ml(B)+800ml(H2O)+200(old Brown) @40c

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Cityscapes:
Camera:Mamiya RB67
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400
Dev: Rodinal 1+100 80min
Paper: Fomatone MG Classic Warm Tone (133 Velvet)
Paper Dev: Moersch Easy Lith 20 ml(A)+20 ml(B)+1000ml(H2O) @40c
Enlarger: Devere 504

Camera:Mamiya RB67 Film: Kodak Tri-X 400 Dev: Rodinal 1+100 80min Paper:Fomatone MG Classic Warm Tone (133 Velvet) Paper Dev: Moersch Easy Lith 20ml(A)+20ml(B)+1000ml(H2O) @28c Enlarger: Devere 504 awareofthevoid.com www.facebook.com/AwareOfTheVoid Development details on FilmDev

Camera:Mamiya RB67
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400
Dev: Rodinal 1+100 80min
Paper:Fomatone MG Classic Warm Tone (133 Velvet)
Paper Dev: Moersch Easy Lith 20ml(A)+20ml(B)+1000ml(H2O) @28c
Enlarger: Devere 504
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www.facebook.com/AwareOfTheVoid
Development details on FilmDev

Camera:Mamiya RB67 Film: Kodak Tri-X 400 Dev: Rodinal 1+100 80min Paper:Fomatone MG Classic Warm Tone (133 Velvet) Paper Dev: Moersch Easy Lith 20 ml(A)+20 ml(B)+1000ml(H2O) @40c Enlarger: Devere 504 awareofthevoid.com www.facebook.com/AwareOfTheVoid Development details on FilmDev

Camera:Mamiya RB67
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400
Dev: Rodinal 1+100 80min
Paper:Fomatone MG Classic Warm Tone (133 Velvet)
Paper Dev: Moersch Easy Lith 20 ml(A)+20 ml(B)+1000ml(H2O) @40c
Enlarger: Devere 504
awareofthevoid.com
www.facebook.com/AwareOfTheVoid
Development details on FilmDev

 

 

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  1. christian harkness / Jun 23 2015 12:15 am

    Hi Brendan – love your lith prints.I do want to relate to you that I just received an email from a friend who stated that she had to stop doing them because she found out hers weren’t ‘fixed correctly’ and deteriorating after a few years. I have had the same experience, about 90 percent of my lith prints have ‘gone south’ to some degree. Some are totally ‘gone’ while others have serious spotting/changes. Now, I think I do know how to properly fix my prints, so I am really puzzled by this, and if I were to start doing lith prints again, I would pay a tremendous amount of attention to fixing them. Perhaps your group has the answers – thought you might want to know – best wishes – clh

    • Aware of the Void / Jun 23 2015 1:04 pm

      Thanks really interesting but I don’t have enough printed yet for long enough to draw any conclusions. I will ask the guys that do a lot of this and see if they have found this. I did have one image that disappeared when I put it in the fixer but that was so odd that I assumed that I done something wrong.

      • christian harkness / Jun 24 2015 3:39 pm

        I just went through more of my old prints and found a lot of good lith prints survived. Of course I no longer remember how I processed each one. However, if I were to do more I would be sure to use the two bath fixer set-up together with a much longer clearing/washing process, even with RC paper. That’s my ‘take away.’

  2. riddles83 / Jun 25 2015 4:11 am

    Again the India potraits are really nice!! One thing… why are those much more “even” than the cityscapes? Was there just more even light to begin with?

    • Aware of the Void / Jun 25 2015 5:55 am

      Thanks :D, there is a few things to consider. The city shots were at night and lit using street lighting so the shadows are just black with no detail the portraits were really well lit and all the people were sitting under a bit tarp so the light is doge and even.

      The cityscapes and portraits were made using totally different paper. The city ones would always look a bit gritter on that paper

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