After much testing with Clay Harmon’s nifty test pattern, I finally got my exposure dialed-in for my plate/press combination. The final time stands at 10 units of light for the screen and 17 units for the image exposure. This yielded my the best black coupled with he best tonal separation.
I also decided to work with someone else’s photograph in order to be completely objective. I found that I was overly critical while printing my own work. Enter another Clay… Lipsky this time. I will be working with Clay on an upcoming book for North Light Press on his recent Cuba project and chose an image from that body of work. Notice the nice blacks coupled with all of the subtle tones in the dashboard and windshield. Al in all a good day of printing.
Tomorrow it is back to my own work to see if I can do as well.