Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Interesting Blogger site.

Another lover of the Twin Lens medium format.  I really need to use my Mamiya more.


Anonymous dan said...

I must admit, I've come accross your site by chance as I was looking for something else, but I did find something of interest. Not only have I discovered your beautiful images, but a start on what I was after. I searched for how to dry fibre based paper flat, as I'm currently getting very frustrated with it.
This link to your blog I found http://imtheomega.blogspot.com/2007_05_01_archive.html.

You say the paper is prone to curl unless dried properly...how exactly should the paper be dried correctly? I can't find anything anywhere that suggests a useful method. I'd greatly appreciate your help!


Dan from England

6:31 AM  
Blogger Thomas D. Rutter said...

Thank you. I should do a more elaborate step-by step entry now that I know someone actually reads my blog. I take the prints from the print washer and lay them down face up on a clean flat surface and gently squeeze out the excess water with this stiff rubber squeegee with a wooden handle about 8 inches wide I found at an art supply store in the silk screen supplies. I lay the prints face up on nylon screen drying racks, they look like screen windows but the screen is nylon stretched in an aluminum frame (mine I found used on Ebay made by the Zone VI company). I stack these with some space between each screen rack for air circulation and let the prints air dry for a day or two depending on the humidity and temperature in my basement darkroom sometimes it takes longer. Then I found a very useful tool for flattening the prints a large plant press I bought at Herbarium Supply Co. in Menlo Park, California. They sell a complete package with blotter paper sheets and corrugated cardboard spacers that can dry prints up to 11x14. I put the dry prints between two sheets of blotter paper and two corrugated spacers and then stack them between the press and tighten the canvas straps and leave them like that again for at least 24 hours. Then I store the flat dry prints stacked one on top of the other in the boxes left over from photo paper. If the prints are properly washed and dried they stay nice and flat for years until you can get them mounted and matted. Hope this helps but soon I'll do a more elaborate and illustrated blog entry showing my complete technique for washing and drying prints for archival purposes. If you have any more questions please feel free to e-mail me. Again thanks for the compliments.

8:16 AM  

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