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Survey May 2008

Interact: Share your experience!

What is the best source of information if not photographers working actively with alternative photographic processes? By taking a short minute and answering a few questions you can share your own valuable experience of how you size paper, which paper you use and how long you expose your cyanotypes. The answers will be turned into an article and shared on AlternativePhotography.com for everyone to use. Go ahead!

Sizing survey - brand new survey!

Please answer the following questions, or add any information you would like to share:
-Which papers do you feel need sizing?
-Which sizing formula do you use?
-Which process do you use this sized paper for?
-Which processed do you feel work better without sizing?

The reply could look something like:
-I use Archers paper with an arrowroot size for the Vandyke process
-I find that Knox sizing is good for any paper when doing Image transfers
-I size glass and metal using gelatin and hardner. I work with liquid emulsions.
Please also state if you do NOT want us to credit you with the information, otherwise your name will be added at the end.

Please email your reply to:

and type Survey in the subject!

The paper survey

Which papers or surfaces do you find work best for the process you are using?

-Argyrotypes: Works: Fabriano artistico, hot-pressed paper
-Argyrotypes: Doesn't work well: Winston and Newton papers (also try to motivate why or what happens when you use this paper).

The cyanotype exposure survey

Expose your cyanotypes in the sun? To help beginners figuring out the right exposure time - since they're different dependent on your climate or where you are based - please answer:

-How long and how do you print / expose your cyanotypes to UV light?
Please give as much detail as you can:
- The country or city/state you're in, and if you have them, times for:
- Summer morning:
- Summer midday:
- Summer afternoon:
- Winter morning:
- Winter midday:
- Winter afternoon:
- Which type of negative do you use for these exposure times? Transparency, paper.

South Austin, Texas, USA:
Summer midday - using transparency negatives: 2-4 minutes
Winter midday - using transparency negatives: 3-7 minutes


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