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Paper Negative

Using Color filters on Paper negative

Tips and Tricks
Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-08-22

Paper Negative -
                          Using Color filters on Paper negative

Have started to really enjoy using darkroom paper on my large format camera.
But have also been disappointed at the lack of tonal range or dynamic range.

Skies that are as white as at that can get and any traces of clouds are completely overexposed and gone.
For normal black and white film you can use color filter to exclude colors and achieve more detail in the sky etc.
Yellow, orange or red filters are usually used for this.

Using these filter can be a little problem on a darkroom paper because these are made not to be exposed under red light or safelights.
So red filter can't be used unless you what a really, really long exposure.
But had the idea that the orange or yellow filter could maybe work and give more details in the sky.
Also have a green filter which I rarely use but thought it can maybe be better suited for this use.

The filters I tested are Tiffen 8 Yellow 2 and a Hansa G53 (Green filter).
Also tested a Hansa 056 (orange filter) but this gave underexposed shots even with 3+ f stops.
Would guess that I would need about 5 stops plus the filter factor and it would not be very practical.

Darkroom paper used in this test images are Foma fomaspeed variant 312.





This worked very well and fairly as expected for the most part.
But the green filter worked very well and show a lot more detail.
Also a bit less contrast but I find that quite good because you can add the amount of contrast you want in the finished print.

The yellow filter got underexposed and need to add one extra stop for this to work well.
Better contrast then the green but a lot less details in the sky.

These test shots are directly from the scanner and click on a image to se a Hi Res ver.
Paper Negative - Using Color filters on
                            Paper negative
No filter
Paper Negative - Using Color filters on
                            Paper negative
Green filter
Paper Negative - Using Color filters on
                            Paper negative
Yellow


Paper Negative - Using Color filters on
                            Paper negative
Yellow + 1 stop


That was all for this, but I also have some related posts about paper negative use:

Info about paper negative
Enlarged darkroom print from a paper negative
How to get the paint effect
Using Color filters on Paper negative



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