Here is the second attempt at the "Dump Family" group portrait.
|Attempt #2 at garbage dump family print, Mae Sot Thailand 2016|
The print was made on Ilford warmtone fiber photographic paper. With a Durst 138 5x7 condenser enlarger and Agfa #3 filter. Development was in Dectol 1/1 for 3 minutes. The lens is an old 210mm Schneider F5.6. The steps involved in making print version #2 are as follows:
1) Basic exposure of 105 seconds at f5.6 filter 3.
2) Dodge body and head of mother of son -60 seconds. (large round tool)
3) Dodge moms head another -10/-20 seconds (small round tool)
4) Dodge body only of lower mother and son -10/-20 seconds (large round tool)
5) Dodge chest of father - 50 seconds (2nd large round tool, am using 2 dodging tools at the same time)
6) Doge right face of father -30 seconds (small round tool)
7) Burn top left corner +100 seconds (card)
8) Burn top right corner +100 (card)
9) Burn bottom right corner +180 (card)
10) Burn bottom left corner +180 ( card-avoid dogs face)
11) Left side edge burn +180 seconds (card)
12) Burn bottom edge +180 seconds (not dogs face)
13) Burn Right edge +100 seconds
14) Burn floor area under father +100 seconds (avoid hand-L card)
15) Burn right corner +50 (bent )
16) Burn +280 seconds (mask #1)
17) Burn +70 seconds daughters shirt and white bag area (mask #2)
18) Burn another +40 seconds left white bag area (mask #2)
Update* In version #3 of the print I added and another 6 or 7 steps but the print is better. Iill take a rest before attempting #4, printing this negative is exhausting!
Update** Ended up doing 5 prints total. The last 2 I changed from Agfa filters to Ilford which seemed to give more zip to the print. My Agfa #3 filter had faded from the intense heat of the bright enlarger light bulb, and the super long exposures for burning.
I will have to get back at it early tomorrow. I still have 2 more days of printing ahead of me before I go back to work Monday night. Will let today's photos dry then see where I am at tomorrow. The wet prints look quite good. After lots of effort I feel I am close to conquering this difficult dump family negative. I think the final step count to make the print is close to 30 now.