a little while ago i ventured back into the darkroom armed with some new ideas for tweaking my palladium printing techniques. i wasn’t happy with the prints that i’d made before. there were issues with clearing the prints and the density of the blacks wasn’t exactly where i wanted it to be. i’d read on an APUG thread that, while the developer lasts almost indefinitely, it does need to be replenished and that a little bit of fresh potassium oxalate should be added before each printing session. there were also recommendations for clearing baths – using disodium EDTA and adding some sodium sulfite to the tetrasodium EDTA. so i ordered some new chemistry from Art Craft Chemicals and had another go at it. right from the first couple of test prints it was obvious that the process was working much better than anything i’d done previously.
the following images are scans of the palladium prints made that weekend. the enlarged negatives were made from scans of the original film frames, printed on Pictorico OHP transparency film with a custom Quadtone RIP profile. the prints are about 9×11 inches, printed on 11×15 sheets of Arches Platine paper. they are available for purchase.