Upload & Sell: On
Saturday I had the opportunity to attend a Platinum/Palladium printing workshop with a colleague and good friend. It was a wonderful experience to craft these prints with mine own hands using this alternative process. It was also great to be back in a real darkroom again. Albeit, you don't need to turn the lights out. The workshop was lead by master platinum/palladium printer and fine art photographer Ryuijie - http://www.ryuijie.com
We submitted three digital images to Ryuijie several weeks ago and he created "digital negatives" for our contact printing work. Digital negatives are simply negatives created in LR or PS and printed via an Epson injet printer on a clear plastic material I compare to the clear stuff used with overhead projectors. Our negatives were sized as 5x7's, but you could make them as big or as small as your injet printer could accommodate. We'd coat our paper with either a platinum or palladium solution, dry it, and then place one of our negatives on top in a contact printing frame. The frame is place in a UV exposure box. Exposure times were typically in the 3 to 5 minute range. You then take the exposed paper out an place it in a tray of developer. Unlike traditional silver-based printing, these platinum/palladium prints appear almost instantly in the developer. After 30-seconds you run your print through several "clearing" baths/trays and ultimately place the print in an archival washer for 15-30 minutes - then air dry.
I've scanned and attached one of my platinum prints. Please be advised that this scan doesn't due the platinum/palladium process justice because; 1) I have a very mediocre scanner; and 2) I'm still learning, so my print is not as good as it could be. Properly done, platinum and palladium prints are absolutely magical and have a beautiful glow and subtle tonality. Until you see one of these prints in person, you can't really appreciate their unique qualities. The also have nearly unlimited permanence. It was a terrific experience I hope to pursue going forward. As a side note, my friend and I were the only participants with airplane images. Accordingly, we stood out from the other participants that were printing their versions of "Moonlight over Hernandez"