You may remember the brief piece on Printing Out Paper. I mentioned that I’d bought some Sun-Print Paper. I tried it out this week – it needs bright sun for the quickest results, but the fading evening sun work just as well, albeit a little slower. You can vary the end result (density?) through the time exposed to the sun although I didn’t really time mine – I just waited until the paper around the negative went a very pale blue.
I used a selection of 4×5 negatives; effectively creating contact prints, an example of which is above. The original was shot on Shanghai 100B/S and as you can see in the highlights, her skin was a little overexposed. The details are still there on the negative though.
Would I buy it again? Perhaps not. I thought my kids might be interested in the process but I think they may have been a bit young to appreciate it (aged 6 and under). While it was interesting the first time round creating a print with the sun, the lack of input I had in terms of creating the paper took away from the whole DIY aspect. Next time I’ll order the raw chemicals and make the paper from scratch.