Printing color negatives on blackand white paper

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    How is the best way to print color negatives on to black and white paper? I did an internet search and found as many different ways as people giving advice. If I remember correctly from my internet searching (stupid me closed out of the site with this info), I need to use the school's color enlarger and filter out red since black and white paper isnt as sensitive to red, right?

    *runs off to find more info on the internet*
     
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    There is no really good way to do darkroom prints on b/w photo paper. You can sometimes get fairly acceptable results but the tonal values will be distorted..as the paper does not see all the colors in the negative. Used to be both Kodak and Fuji made specific papers designed for making b/w prints from color negatives, but they don't anymore.
     
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    Print color negatives on to black and white paper?

    First, yes, there will be a slight change in rendition of color and grain effect.

    Use VC paper and start with 60 Cyan and 50 Magenta. This removes the yellow and orange from the negative and allows a nice snappy B&W print. Blue colors will appear darker and yellow colors will appear lighter increasing the grain effect, but you will still have a pleasing B&W print.
     
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    You can sometimes get a satisfactory print by using a regular black and white enlarger with a high filter, like a grade 4 or 5 with variable contrast paper. Exposure times will be long.

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    I don't know if Kodak still makes Panalure paper. It probably was discontinued with Panatomic-X. This will be your best bet if you can find some. As its name, Panalure, suggests, (Pan=across) it is sensitive across the entire visible spectrum and must be handled as if it were color paper. Develop as normal Dektol 1:1, 2 min @ 68 f.

    Your other option is to treat your color negative as a thin, flat B&W negative, print it on some Multigrade paper, and whack the hell out of it with a number 4 or 5 filter.
     
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    The best system is to use an internegative. You have to contact print (or enlarge) the color negative onto a B+W piece of film and reversal process it...maybe this works better for slides...
     
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    I agree, you might try to make an interpositive using a pan film.

    There is the ilford rc digital or oriental hyper seagull, but I have tried neither.
     
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    I hate to say this here, but you might want to make a digital negative of your original and print that without the mask or color.

    PE
     
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    This was one of the first things I tried when as a spotty teenager I was allowed access to a darkroom.

    The results were not great, as I wasn't using filtration (This was before Multigrade papers were widely available)
    The amber mask on the negative made for very long exposure times.

    IIRC monograde paper is orthochromatic, so my thought is its a good way of recreating the ortho look, if you are willing to spend the time.

    And as for Ron's suggestion. Guilty as charged when I'm doing gum bichromate work. Hybrid workflow and access to free overhead projector acetates and a really nice laser printer in the office..... Well it would be rude not to :wink:
     
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    I print colour on B&W paper regularly. It will never be the same as printing a B&W negative, but you get good results with VC paper at grades above 3. You will only know the difference, if you have the same negative in B&W for comparison anyway. K
     
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    I have had surprisingly good results with this. If you would like particulars, PM me.
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    Ilford devotes two pages to this in its very useful booklet" "MG papers - a manual for the darkroom". It shows the colour neg and the B&W print obtained from it and very good it looks to me. You need to expect to use 3-4 times the exposure required for B&W negs and to use MG filters 3 or 4 or an equivalent setting on a dichroic head. If such prints had severe or unacceptable drawbacks then Ilford would I think no bother to devote a section in its darkroom manual to it. I mention this just to put things into perspective.

    I then tried it myself with 35 year old colour negs from the early 1970s when colour negs weren't to the standard of today and was very pleasantly surprised at the results. These were Kodak negs, processed by mail order so may not have even been properly washed as was the way, I believe, with cheap processing then. My compliments to Kodak and P.E for the negs quality, longevity and durability.

    Exposures were still reasonable time-wise, the prints were sharp and none of the "viewers" of the prints mentioned that the tones looked strange. With modern slower colour neg film, I think you might be very happy with the results.

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    I have in the past taken Kodak Supra paper and processed in Dektol 2minuits or so followed by a non hardening fix and gotten surprisingly ok prints. They were somewhat flat but the tone rendering was correct. Perhaps try Ultra.

    You of coarse have to work without safelight.
     
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    Thanks for all the feedback. I've been doing some internet research and reading in some of my photography books on the subject. From what I've found, I might be better off scanning the negatives and doing some editing with methods not suitable for discussion on this site :smile:
     
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    I was considering doing some of this and I am aware that you can get good results from scanning and processing digitally. I have a film scanner and have scanned and converted digitally but with a good supply of paper and chemicals thought it might be fun to play around with this process in the darkroom. Since this is an old thread just wondered if anyone has played around with this and has any new suggestions.
    Marvin
     
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    I totally agree with Pentaxuser, I have made many lovely black and white prints from old colour negative film. It's fun too and I believe people wishing to do it want an alternative to the digital route. Although options are limited in terms of materials, in my view you can yield excellent results using both current B+W paper and some old grade 3 stock. I have some Kodak Bromesko 3 and it is still giving excellent results. Using a meter like the Darkroom Automation unit doesn't work quite as well for reading contrast or exposure for Highlight, Shadow or Mid tone. However, using the fb+f is a good reference to meter from a starting point for Black or nearly black. The image shown here of two of my girls was printed a few weeks ago - Sept. 2016. The neg. (taken 20 years ago) 6x6 Fuji Reala on Kodak Bromesco 3 which is also over 20 years old if not more. This image was taken of the print using an iPhone so doesn't give a good rendition but it will give an idea of what can be done. The average viewer would never guess it was a colour neg to B+W print and the grain is almost impossible to see. Give it a try, you may be pleasantly surprised.
     
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    Very interested to read this thread. I have a lot of colour films that were developed in high street chemists (e.g. Boots) and machine printed. I have a few negatives that I consider worthy of re-printing and it will be fun to try this. I have never wanted to do colour printing so this thread has encouraged me to try on black and white paper. Thank you!
     
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    It's well worth the effort. I have a B&W print from a 1970s colour neg that was taken at an informal company function.
    The B&W print suits the scene better than colour. It is like something out of the "Life On Mars" police drama:D

    pentaxuser
     
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    Haha. Flares, nylon shirts, kipper ties? My Scout Master used to say flares would come back in but they haven't yet! That was his excuse for still wearing them.