how to reduce smoke on vintage analog photographic paper?
What to do? First, try manipulate exposing and developing time. I have found that some of vintage analog photographic papers (especially documenting ones) with normal exposing (5-30s) and developing time (1,5 - 3min) give just a fog of grey... but when exposed for a very long time, even 3 minutes and then developed rapidly... there is a moment in development when you have a change to win, chance for about few seconds that you need to stop development. Becouse development time was short, there were not time to make fog of grey :D... but there is other problem - all tones are not developed correctly together and some strains of grey has been visible. EH. Try and maybe you will be lucky. I don't like it so I have found....
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