Photographs by Frank

26 December 2021

Pt/Pd Prints — Five Papers

Filed under: Alternative Processes,Pt/Pd Prints — Frank @ 12:30 PM

Having discovered that Hahnemuhle Platinum Rag (HPR) paper gave a much warmer platinum/palladium (Pt/Pd) print than Legion Lenox 100, I decided to try a few other papers just to see what happens.

All of the prints show below were made under identical conditions (e.g. negative, exposure, processing) except for the paper used.

The papers I used were:

  1. Hahnemuhle Platinum Rag (300 gsm)
  2. Legion Lenox 100 (250 gsm)
  3. Rives BFK (280 gsm)
  4. Fabriano Artistico (Hot Press) (300 gsm)
  5. Arches Johannot (240 gsm)

All of these papers are high quality “art” papers and all, except for the Johannot, are 100% cotton. The HPR is designed specifically for alternative process printing such as I am doing here.

In addition to these papers, I tried to coat a sheet of Arches Platine (310 gsm), another paper designed specifically for alternative process printing. In this case the paper soaked up the sensitizer so rapidly that I could not spread out the puddle to cover the image area.

The results are quite striking. All of the papers except for the HPR resulted in a neutral print while the HPR gave a very warm print. All of the papers except for the HPR could use a bit more exposure (and maybe a tweak to the curve used to print the negative), especially the Johannot, but I wanted to change only one variable so the conditions were optimized for the HPR.

I have a few more papers that I want to try and then I’ll need to decide which one will be my “go to” paper for Pt/Pd printing. After that, it will be time to stop testing and make some larger finished prints.

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1 Comment

  1. HPR has a sepia tonality to it on my screen. Like the contrast with the lights and darks. Next for me was the Fabriano Artistico as it shows better contrast than others. I remember a former club member who used to tweak our images for image Study Night and he always added contrast AFTER he cropped. The others seem over-exposed or without significant contrast for my liking.

    Comment by Joe Kennedy — 26 December 2021 @ 5:09 PM

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