Lumen Prints – Part 3
Previous posts on lumen prints:
In the last few weeks, I was able to really dig in deep with the lumen camera. I have learnt quite a bit during this time and I have come up with a few tips that I think can be valuable to you if you are thinking of giving this a try.
- Do not drench the paper in water. I suggest to wet the paper on both the emulsion side and the back side and lightly shake excess water off.
- Be careful when shaking the excess water off. You want to make sure that you are holding the paper in such a way for the excess water to flow evenly off the paper and mind that your fingers are not touching the emulsion of the paper.
- You would want to do steps 1 and 2 in subdued light or in a shaded area.
- If you are ever in doubt and feel you need more exposure due to weather inconsistency, add more exposure.
- When exposure time is finished, quickly place your exposed lumen negative into anything that will block out light. This step is very important or your image will disappear!
I have learned that even though the lumen negative is dry, do not pull them out into any direct bright light whatsoever. I made the mistake of doing this while I was prepping my scanner and ended up loosing an image. The negative had turned into a purplish-blue color and the image disappeared. Having gone through that experience, after I have exposed an image, I will leave it in anything light tight for a minimum of 5 hours or until the following day. You can take a peek but before you do so make sure you are in subdued light.
Here is a resulting image. Take note that this was exposed on a cloudy day and exposure time was 1 hour.
Helpful tip if you are already working with this camera. If you want to get more flexibility, try attaching the Lumenbox camera with an elastic onto a tripod mount. It might look flimsy, but it works! It also gives you more options in regards to camera position, angles and height.
For Inspiration, visit lumen_box on Instagram
Still to follow: Lumen Prints- part 4