Digital / wet darkroom print. Which u prefer receiving ?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Ming, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. Ming

    Ming Guest

    Imagine a friend giving you a photograph as present. The photograph is
    about an important event in your family. You friend was the photographer.

    Do you prefer getting a photo printed on state-of-the-art inkjet printer
    with ink that can last for 100 years. This is made by Photoshop and
    mouse click.

    Or, do you prefer him to have done it in wet darkroom ?

    Which one do you think it is more valuable ?

    Which one makes you worry more if you suddenly see your 2 year old kid
    is trying to damage it ?

    Provided that both of these 2 prints are of best made under its methodology.

    Ming, Jul 14, 2004
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  2. The inkjet. It will be more stable and will look better (if the guy
    is competent in both cases).
    I doubt either has any value in the monetary sense; unless either the
    photographer or my family are somehow rather exceptional.
    No preference.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Jul 16, 2004
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  3. Ming

    Robert Polk Guest

    Considering the fact that an ink jet print will probably last 10-20 years
    and I'm 74, I don't really care. lol
    Old Bob
    Robert Polk, Jul 16, 2004

  4. Proper wet darkroom print, every time.

    I've found the color is crisper, the paper better, and the detail
    (when taken from a film source - you said "wet" darkroom which means an
    enlarger is used) is superior.

    I have removed crayon, paint, and glues from the surface of high-
    grade photographic paper without leaving a trace, and resin-coated papers
    can actually be soaked without degradation.

    As for inkjets, get back to me in 100 years. I have yet to see one
    that doesn't require careful matching of ink and paper types to get the
    "archival" effect it touts, and even then most have failed. I've even seen
    archival pigmented inks where the black cannot produce a glossy finish.
    There is nothing I've seen approaching the textured matte finish you can
    get from any minilab. Inkjets seem able to mimic the standard qualities of
    a 'wet' print only in very limited respects, if you're extremely careful
    about display and storage conditions. Why bother?

    - Al.
    Al Denelsbeck, Jul 17, 2004
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