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    Hybrid B&W printing?

    So, I was wondering, in the daydreaming way that I do, why people don't use a hybrid digital/chemical printing process for B&W prints. One where you have a digital negative projected onto chemical photopaper and then developed in wet darkroom, generating a traditional gelatin silver print. Obviously, that's not going to work for a lot of applications, but I'd think it'd be ideal for fine art prints.

    Wouldn't that be the best of both worlds? Or is it just not feasible?

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    Re: Hybrid B&W printing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maggie O View Post
    So, I was wondering, in the daydreaming way that I do, why people don't use a hybrid digital/chemical printing process for B&W prints. One where you have a digital negative projected onto chemical photopaper and then developed in wet darkroom, generating a traditional gelatin silver print. Obviously, that's not going to work for a lot of applications, but I'd think it'd be ideal for fine art prints.

    Wouldn't that be the best of both worlds? Or is it just not feasible?
    well... some of us do

    i print platinum using digital negatives, as well as platinum over pigment (the description of the latter can be found at
    http://www.jcollum.com/process.html

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    Re: Hybrid B&W printing?

    maggie,
    just to say that i like your flickr portfolio. very nice the small and original fiat 500 along the seine river :-)
    both d lux 3 and M8 appear to be great machines.

    i have some doubts coming from the dlux lacking of the viewfinder, especially in backlight shooting, so i never bought it and probably its almost time of dl4.

    flavio

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    Re: Hybrid B&W printing?

    Thank you, Flavio!

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    Re: Hybrid B&W printing?

    I "think" (?) Metro in London do something very close to what you suggest.
    Printing digital "negs" onto traditional paper and then process.

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    Re: Hybrid B&W printing?

    If you haven't seen Jim's Platinum prints in person, do so. Perhaps he'll grace the next workshop class, and bring one or two of them out. They are simply exquisite!

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    Re: Hybrid B&W printing?

    Maggie:

    There is a digital enlarger that will do just what you want.

    http://www.de-vere.com/products.htm

    It looks like it might be expensive.

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    Re: Hybrid B&W printing?

    Yikes.

    Pretty cool, but waaaay out of my budget.

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    Re: Hybrid B&W printing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maggie O View Post
    Yikes.

    Pretty cool, but waaaay out of my budget.
    Did you find a price anywhere? Usually when there is no price on the web site it means it is expensive

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