Tree Tuesday – My very first LITH PRINT ever!

It was a struggle to get my basement renovation finished, and when it finally happened, it was a kinda scary thing to getting to “know” my new (used, but new to me…) huge enlarger!

But I think we’ve gotten to know each other a bit now, so today, on Tree Tuesday, I proudly present my very first lith print, a kind of tentative gently attempt which required some measures, both longer exposure time and development time, but that ended up being quite good, at least for being the first time ever, though I can see I was too chicken with both the exposure and the development time.It can only be better… πŸ˜€

This is so fun, and I can’t wait to go back there again, to my new cave…..

I am so very curious about this with lith printing, it feels so right for my expression, and I will do everything possible to learn more about this technique, and toning as well.
Now I can really do it, in my new darkroom …..

Enjoy, and have a happy Tree Tuesday!Β  πŸ™‚

Hasselblad SWC
Ilford Delta 400
Kodak T-max dev 1:4
Ilford MGFB Warmtone
Fotospeed LD 20 Lith developer

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45 thoughts on “Tree Tuesday – My very first LITH PRINT ever!

  1. This is gorgeous. What wonderful texture. I do not know photography that well, so I don’t know what a “lith” print is. I look forward to seeing more of what you can do with this process!

    • Thank you very much Madelin, I’m glad you like it!
      Lith printing is a chemical process done in the traditional darkroom with special developer chemicals, and those who have the knowledge of this process can make the most stunning images with wonderful tones and expressions. I can’t wait to learn more of it and hopefully be able to manage it fairly good some day.
      That would be a dream….. This is just a start…. πŸ™‚

      • Thanks! When the weather gets better I go to a castle nearby (2 km) with a beautiful garden and try to take some nice photos…of trees an try to tag ‘tree tuesday’. But I’m not a real photographer like you, but I try…

  2. Marie it s so great to hear that he darkroom is finally finished and I bet you are like a grown up kid in the sweet shop. This image is wonderful and the toning and type of print is so right for this image . I am sure that your wish to learn more about these techniques will be a journey for us all and i can only speak for myself but I m excited about your forth coming results. Happy printing….and I hope you have a lovely week…regards, James

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment James, and I’m happy you like it.
      Don’t know about the grown up thing, but it is like a candy store all right, hehe… πŸ˜‰
      I’m lucky to have my dogs bringing me back to this world for walks and other things, but this is really fun indeed.
      An old dream come true…
      Have a lovely week you too!

    • Hi Patrick, thanks for your kind words, I’m glad you like it!
      Yes, if you have a darkroom you can do it for sure! The only “different” thing you need is the developer, and you have to make sure your paper will lith, otherwise you may have to get another paper, but there is some great papers that you can use for both lith and “usual” black and white prints.
      I found this most excellent book at Amazon for a decent price some time ago;
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1902538021, and there are great groups on Flickr too, if you are interested.
      This one for example http://flic.kr/g/aQWZo Check it out and get some inspiration, and see if it is for you.

      • Wow, very cool stuff! I’m going to do some research and see if I can get my hands on that lith developer. Otherwise, my darkroom seems ready to go! Thanks for the info : )

        • Well, I went ahead and explored my darkroom, checking all the cabinets, and I actually found some lith developer! However, it looks really old. I’d imagine there’s a shelf life on lith developer, so I have a feeling it’s no good. I’m going to try to get up to Seoul sometime soon to see if I can some new, fresh lith developer. Aside from that, I just need to do some research and I should be on my way to making lith prints too! Very cool stuff, thanks again for your help and info. Take care ~

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  4. Marie I hope you do not mind me contacting you like this but I just wanted to check in to see that you are alright as it has been a while since you last posting. I do hope you and the family are well and that the weather is not causing you too much havoc, with those biting winds and snow. Best regards, James

    • I was just about to ask the same thing as James, though I wasn’t sure it wasn’t my reader playing up again which was meaning I wasn’t getting notices of posts by you. Echoing James, I hope you and the family are fine. We’ve had some ‘Swedish’ weather here this weekend!

      • Many thanks for your concern, both of you, it warms.
        Everything here is just great. It has been a tumultuous time though, and I think I have ended up in some kind of period of rest, both physically, and also in the creative process. I will write about it in a post soon, but I do need to give it some more thoughts first.
        But again, thanks for your concern!
        Hope all is well with you and your loved too!
        Take care

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