When Kodak released the Portra 400 a few months ago many of us speculated that a new Portra 160 would be just around the corner… and guess what? Kodak has announced today that Kodak Professional Portra 160 will be released starting in March 2011 in: 35mm, 120/ 220, 4×5 and 8×10… fantastic!!! Click on the audio-play button to listen to a 13 minute in-depth review of this new film (I tested 120) and be sure to look at the sample images provided below while listening to the audio… What a nice way to start the week!!!
Viva la Revolution- Stephen
Please click on the images below to see larger versions of each.
Here is a quick informal review of a new offering by Canson, Baryta Photographique 310 gsm… this paper exhibits many of the qualities of a air dried darkroom print but how does it compare to other Baryta papers tested here at Indian Hill Imageworks. Give a listen…
The audio portion of this post contains my thoughts and test information on the following papers:
Crane Silver Rag
Canson Platine Fibre Rag
Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta
Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl
Gamut projections of tested papers in Chromix Color Think.
All tests were done on the Epson 9900 using RIP and profiling software by Ergosoft.
Bad batch numbers for Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta 315 gsm:
Note: As I mentioned in the audio portion of this post the new batch of paper supplied to me by Hahnemuhle is perfect and the issue of the black specs has now been corrected from what I can see. I was informed that the issue was “fixed” back in May/ June but unfortunately the bad stock does still exist so check before you buy!
Everything I post here on the Figital Revolution is- in one way or another- part of a test I am running for my own Artworks, or for a client at Indian Hill Imageworks. Over the last few months I have been testing the Olympus XA, the LOMO LCA, the Olympus XA 4, Kodak Ektar 100, alternative printing paper, perfecting my carry solution (BBB) and new methods for hanging artwork. Now it is time to put everything into action! I am leaving for Italy in a few days (note the Italian Flag) and all of the works and testing will finally get full use. Below is a new image I just made called Winter Leaves, Vermont. 2009. It is made using the Olympus XA 4 using an in-camera multi exposure, overlapping-negative technique I have been refining for the last few months. The film: Kodak Ektar 100…I am taking 40 rolls of it with me to Italy! The paper/ image: printed on an uncoated sheet of Arches Rough 22″ x 30″, 640 gsm as a d’Vinci Print (12 color).
Note: I am about to test a similar style paper with some different sizing properties made by Fabriano… since my new artworks will be from Italy it only seemed right to look at Italian paper. Hey, they’ve been making paper for over 700 years… they have to be doing something right!
Winter Leaves, Vermont. 2009
Edition size: One
Image Size: 25″ x 9″
Paper Size: 22″ x 30″
Copyright Stephen M. Schaub 2009
Finally, I will be working on additional articles while traveling so get ready for new and exciting things here on FR once I return.
This audiobog features my thoughts on the best digital printing papers for 2008. Some of these papers have been around for a while but this list gives reasons for why I selected them, thoughts on paper technologies and where should the paper industry go from here. Give a listen!
Give a listen and then try some of these papers and determine what you like.
Viva la Revolution-
Note: More tests to follow in the coming weeks…stay tuned!
Poll question:What is your favorite paper? Please note I have left out the Arches Platine as it is not currently available for purchase and the poll below is for Matt surface papers only. If your favorite paper is not listed please just click other and then type it in! I have listed what I feel is a good sample of true fine art papers…your vote counts! (You can vote for more than one.)
I’m almost finished testing this material but I could not help but post a bit of a preview! The inner projection is an icc. made for an Epson 7880/ 9880 on a premium quality photo white gloss digital art paper…the outer wire frame projection is the new Canson/ Arches Platine Fiber Rag icc. made on our d’Vinci Printer. The difference is HUGE. On new machines from Epson, Canon and HP this paper will rock!
Oh yeah…did I forget to mention that the surface is beautiful as well?! Stay tuned!