Photography, Fine Art, Wet Plate Collodion, Alternative photography

Salt print process with the help of Potassium Bichromate

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Salt print process was invented by Henry Fox Talbot in 1839 and it’s known as a very low contrast printing technique. From The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes I’ve learned a technique to chemically raise a contrast of a salt print. You add a drop or two of potassium bichromate to a 28ml of sensitizer and heat it up to about 40C, expose it in the shadow, best under daylight UV skylight and then do a 5 minute prewash in a hot (cca 40C) distilled water with another 3 drops of potassium bichromate. It does raise a contrast, but it also cause speckling so you need to work with heated solutions and expect that it will not work the first time. Check how many test prints I’ve done until I figure it all out…


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  1. Beautiful results! I actually like some of those test prints; At least what I can see of them. That is me though, I enjoy some of the imperfections in the testing.


    30 April, 2013 at 12:29

  2. Fantastic!!!! I love your work!!!!


    30 April, 2013 at 19:36

  3. They look nice!


    16 May, 2013 at 06:42

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