Printing today of course, along with a meeting at the end of the afternoon with another contractor for bid/proposal for the emergency replacement of the house heating system. On top of everything else, preparing for such a major job is just about as much trouble as moving. Everything has to be packed up, away from the walls making room for installation and workers. Not what we need right now except that, of course with the boiler dead, we really do need to do all this at once. Above a digital negative in a print frame on top of the small UV unit, right after the exposed print has been removed.
Another look at the faint print-out image that forms during exposure, before development. This print-out causes a certain amount of self-masking which is another component of the tonal look of the Pt/Pd print.
Last print of the day is in the wash tray. First clearing bath was showing slight discoloration so has been dumped and moved into second position, while former second bath has been moved to first position. I'll mix up a new second bath early in the morning tomorrow as I use the heater and dehumidifier to correct the overnight conditions to where I need them for printing.
Some of today's prints on the drying screens, which are racked under the coating table. While printing I have the room light quite dim, not for "safelight" purposes—the paper wouldn't care about exposure to much brighter tungsten light—but to help me evaluate the wet prints in the trays. Usually this is in order to see how a new print of a negative is working compared to what I wanted. With these, it's to keep careful watch to see if anything is changing, inconsistent, from print to print. So far, the Steep Rock negative is repeating reliably. Printing the same picture over and over also helps to track any variation, but I think I'll spend tomorrow printing the Church. Variety, however limited, is the spice of life.