Need help with Lith solarization

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Luis Ortega, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. Luis Ortega

    Luis Ortega Guest

    I am trying to solarize some type 3 kodak lith film sheets, using their own
    Kodalith A & B developer and some BW negatives. I am projecting 35mm negs
    onto 8 x 10 lith sheets in hopes that getting a good solarization effect on
    film will let me then print multiple copies, compared to solarizing prints.
    I have some experience with solarizing BW prints but I'm not getting
    anywhere with the lith film.

    Can anyone please advise me on how to solarize lith film or point me to a
    source that might answer my question?

    Thanks a lot.
     
    Luis Ortega, Feb 7, 2006
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    Ken Hart Guest

    I don't think you're going to get what you want (without of course,
    _knowing_ what you want!) by using lith film/developer, because of the
    extreme high contrast of the lith film. I doubt that the lith film/developer
    would well lend itself to Sabbatier (sp?) effect.

    You could try developing the lith film in a paper developer such as Dektol.
    You'll get high contrast with some gray midtones.

    If you are just looking for a way to make multiple copies of your solorized
    works, why not just shoot a copy neg of your best solarized prints? (Save
    the lith stuff for some other project!)
     
    Ken Hart, Feb 7, 2006
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  3. Luis Ortega

    Luis Ortega Guest

    Thanks, I have Dektol.
    Should I dilute it differently than for regular paper (1:9)?
    Lith developer takes 2 3/4 min. How long should I give the lith film in
    Dektol?
    Should I expect the film to go clear or remain milky white opaque after
    fixing?
    Thanks for your advice.
     
    Luis Ortega, Feb 7, 2006
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  4. Luis Ortega

    Ken Hart Guest

    My Dektol is diluted 1:2, but as a starting point, use as if developing
    paper. Use time and temp same as paper. After fixing the lith film should be
    clear (except of course where there's an image!)

    IIRC, You can use a safelight with lith.
     
    Ken Hart, Feb 8, 2006
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