Rives BFK Kallitype Test by Velantian

Rives BFK Kallitype Test

Velantian

16 February 2013 at 14:57:40 MST

New paper, more testing and another crappy scan.

Contact print from a 5x7 negative from a Steampunk shoot a couple of years ago.

My standard Kallitype formula on Rives BFK 90lb paper. Developed in Sodium Citrate.

My standard paper is Arches Platine but the Rives is about half the cost. The Rives works out to be a 'slower' paper. The color's good and the contrast is OK. It helps to add one drop of Gum Arabic per ml of sensitizer.

The coating technique is for crap but what the heck, it's a test.

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    That's interesting. It definitely has a really old-fashioned look to it. Needless to say, I don't know a lot about traditional photography, but the effects on this are interesting.

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    Thanks, that's what I'm going for. The Kallitype process was invented in the late 19th century and I'm attempting to master the craft of making hand made photographic prints.

    The print looks much better in person, (Honest :) One of the problems with scanning the things is that the paper is very textured, it scatters the light from the scanner tends to make them look grainy.