Burnt Paper

Upon further testing with all the papers that we have, I’ve come to the conclusion that all the Forte Salon RC paper that we’ve been using is all burnt. I printed a negative I shot of my lovely Stephanie a couple months ago with my old Pentax on ILFORD HP5 Plus film. Comparisons of the paper results are below:

This is a sample of the Forte Salon RC Semi-Matte paper we already have in the refrigerator. Exposure under the enlarger was 5 seconds with the aperture at 3.5.

This is a sample of the Arista EDU Ultra VC RC Glossy paper we already have in the refrigerator. Exposure under the enlarger was identical the one above. Notice that the detail in her hair that shows in the first photo is a now a huge dark blob. This is due to the exposure at full enlarger aperture. In order to make that detail appear, it's probably best to decrease the aperture to about 5.6 or maybe even 8 and expose the paper two or three times longer. This is why test strips are very important.

Luckily, Mike’s Quality Camera (once again) has come to the rescue and will be sending us a few reams of photo paper to replace all the bad paper we have very soon. Right now we have about 10 or 15 sheets of Arista glossy photo paper that we’ll all have to share and, well, there’s no way around this for now; I apologize. I don’t think we’ll have any of our new supplies until after we come back from Winter break either.

In any case, have a great day! We start tomorrow right when the final bell rings.

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