Still Life in 14×17, number two

Still Life, Lanterns
Still Life, Lanterns

One of my 14×17 still life shots. Printed in palladium. Making a palladium print (or any hand-coated emulsion) this large presents unique challenges – trying to coat something this big is a lot harder to get even because it’s such a large surface. You have to work with a much bigger brush, and make sure you keep the emulsion moving around quickly. Don’t be afraid of getting sloppy outside your margins – it’s more important to be evenly coated than it is to be precise and tidy. I printed this on Bergger COT320, a 320 gsm uncoated paper designed specifically for alternative process photo printing. It’s a beautiful, heavy-weight paper with great wet strength and a bright white base – it gives you easily another full stop of contrast range over a more warm white/eggshell paper.

2 thoughts on “Still Life in 14×17, number two”

    1. Well, bear in mind that this is a digital photograph of a 14×17 inch platinum print. And I have no idea of your monitor’s calibration or lack thereof, so I won’t address the blown highlights question other than to say that they’re not blown in my original print. As to the composition, they’re four kerosene lamps about the same size and shape. What do you want me to do differently with them?

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