Get your Liths out for the Lads
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
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