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    This time I tried coating the solution twice, as advised by Carl. This seems to have done the trick. This image is from two years ago - the Mississippi River from Hidden Falls Park in St. Paul on a misty, rainy morning in May. The negative was developed in PMK pyro, and the subtleties of the scene are mostly visible in this blueprint. The paper is Fabriano Artistico. Classic cyanotype formula, brush coated twice. Exposed with the spiral BLB bulb for 2 hours, 30 minutes.

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    Wow - very cool image, Earl.

    The roots make me think of giant octupi.

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    Yep, that's it, nailed that one!

    I probaly have taken 60 or 70% of my images along the Mississipi. It's an ever changing subject. You know you have 4 shots a year in any location, just follow the seasons.

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    i never saw this image before, so i am happy to get the chance. spectacular. and to date i think my favorite cyanotype, because there is a perfect, inevitable suitability between the image and medium. you did nail this one.

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    very very cool, earl.
    good one.

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    By George, I think he's got it!
    simply perfect, earl. I love the smoothness and the softness, but the details are there, too.

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    Looks pretty good to me Earl. It looks as though the light source can be seen in the print though - the spirals or bands of yellow - this is either the light source is too close to the paper and causing hot spots or that the image isn't being washed until all the yellow has been cleared from the image. That said, a lovely image!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl_Radford
    Looks pretty good to me Earl. It looks as though the light source can be seen in the print though - the spirals or bands of yellow - this is either the light source is too close to the paper and causing hot spots or that the image isn't being washed until all the yellow has been cleared from the image. That said, a lovely image!
    Could be some of each, Carl. I will try printing the same image in the sun with the same coating technique next time I see the sun. I take it that it is not possible to wash the print too long. With the double coating, the yellow unexposed areas take a long time to clear. I soaked the print in two trays of distilled water before I started the running water wash. Our water is slightly alkaline - does this make it more difficult to clear a cyanotype?

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    i had to tilt my screen to see what you guys were talking about, but sure enough- yellow. now i get to gush all over again when we see an even better repost!

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    Not sure where the pre-soak in distilled water comes from - not heard that one? I go straight to washing the print and continue to was until the water is running clear - this can be checked by picking the print up by a corner and watching to see if the drops coming off the edge of the print are clear of colour. I believe you can over wash prints at the expense of the highlight detail so care does not to be taken. Currently in the darkroom doing some straight printing but will try and get round to more pninhole and some cyanotypes asap.

    How about a min cyanotype print exchange?

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