Digital negatives

May 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I have made digital negatives in the past, for example in order to make gum bichromate prints or occasionally cyanotypes. Recently I have tried making some digital negatives for more conventional printing.

Large digital negatives printed on transparency film by a laser or inkjet printer (being sure to have the right transparency film) can make for some straightforward contact printing in the darkroom. As a teaching tool this can give a partial introduction to darkroom work for those who have never use a film camera. 

What I wanted to do recently was to produce lith prints with an infrared film appearance. Having gone out to the Forest of Saint Sever I found, more or less by chance, a site I had not seen before. With good sunshine and young leaves on the trees it cried out for IR treatment, but I was without my film camera or IR film. A simple digital compact allowed me to get a few pleasant shots. Some of these I converted to simulation IR black and white files and printed a few large digital negatives for contact printing.

This is probably the best example of the few that I printed. I need better transparency paper to make some more precise negatives, but this give an idea of what can be done.

BH

Villedieu 26 May 2017

PS I have cleared out a few pictures that I felt did not need be on the site, and a couple of galleries. More tidying up should follow but it could mean a few links from other blog posts have been lost.

 


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