Monthly Archives: March 2009

On Coating Methods

I’ve tried several methods of coating cyanotype and platinum/palladium sensitizers on paper. I primarily rod coat. Starting with a small line of emulsion (say 2ml or a bit less, or 3 single bulb pull dropperfuls) in a line on one end of the paper, I smoothly draw the line with s leading wet edge across […]

Adult Content Contained Herein

My apologies if I took anyone by surprise. There are some nudes in this blog in images I make or perhaps from a photographer I am referring to. As in my postings on Adelaide Hanscom and John Dugdale. I got flagged for objectionable content. I found the option on searching through the pop up on […]

John Dugdale

Judy Seigel suggested the best way to get a hold of John Dugdale was by phone and she gave me his numbers, one for his place in West Village Manhattan, one for his place in the country. She observed that being nearly blind, John didn’t spend a lot of time reading e-mail.My interest in cyanotypes […]

Paper Revival: Weston Diploma Parchment Plat/Pal

So, I’ve recently made some beautifully detailed, smoothly toned cyanotypes using my store of discontinued Crane’s Weston Diploma Parchment and Mike Ware’s new cyanotype process. I purchased 250 sheets of 11 inch by 14 inch, and 100 sheets of 28 inch by 34 inch in June 2007 from Bostick and Sullivan. The paper is extremely […]

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám

I looked in vain for a copy of Edward FitzGerald’s translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Kháyyám (Persian: رباعیات عمر خیام) from Dodge Publishing in 1905 with photogravure illustrations by Adelaide Hanscom. Biblio.com, my great source for used books, showed only the later copies with colored (halftone?) illustrations. On the off chance they were misunderstood by the […]

The New Cyanotype: First Impressions

I’ve been exploring the new cyanotype process invented by Mike Ware these past few weeks. This is the first of a series of notes. I decided to give the new cyanotype process a try because of some frustrations I had with variations on the classic cyanotype method. The biggest problem being highlight staining, areas of […]

Recent Extinctions: Crane’s Weston Diploma Parchment

I settled on a paper for making cyanotypes using Mike Ware’s new cyanotype process, a natural tone Crane’s Weston Diploma Parchment. Crane Paper Company stopped manufacturing this paper a year ago. It was considered a worthy successor to the whiter, also discontinued, Crane’s Platinotype. I had been struggling unsuccessfully with Arches Platine and Bergger COT […]

A Rainy Day in California

Our governor has declared a drought emergency in California. While I know it is childish, it is safe to say that our governor can beat up your governor. As I wandered around downtown in the rain today during this emergency, I decided to grab that picture of Palo Alto Blueprint & Supply Company while I […]

Mark Nelson has never sounded better

I recently purchased a Kindle 2. I’m one of those people that iPhone and other gadget makers target. I like to play with toys. It probably explains my deep relationship with my X-Rite 810 densitometer. I have an original Kindle also – a Christmas present from my wife. I was resistant at first, but then […]