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Quick Prints from Wet Negatives

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QUICK PRINTS FROM WET NEGATIVES The work of taking a print from a wet nega tive. A sheet of bromide or gaslight paper is soaked in water until quite limp, and the negative placed in the water with it. The two are then brought into contact, film to film, while under water and of course in the dark-room. The negative and paper are re moved from the water, the glass side wiped dry, exposure made to the light, and the print developed and fixed in the usual way. A printing frame is not necessary, but if the light used for exposing is very strong it is advisable to shield the back of the paper with a piece of cardboard. The paper should be taken from the wet negative very carefully, and preferably under water. Another plan is to immerse the rinsed negative for five minutes in a io per cent. solu tion of formaline, then in hot water for about two minutes ; it should take about five minutes to dry.

The arrangement for enlarging or reducing direct from the wet negative, shown in the diagram, may be much simplified if set sizes are always used. In one end of an oblong box

is cut an aperture to take the wet negative, or it may be dropped into grooves as shown. At the opposite end is a hinged door, to which the paper is pinned. A sliding partition holds the lens. The wet negative is placed in position, ground glass substituted for the hinged door, and the image focused by moving the partition holding the lens. The box is then taken into the dark-room, where a piece of bromide paper is pinned to the door, which is then closed and the box taken into daylight for the purpose of making the exposure. The size of the box will depend upon the focus of lens used, size of negative, and degree of enlargement or reduction. The advantages of such an arrangement are that the negatives do not need lengthy washing before the print can be made, and that the picture may be reproduced of any size upon the paper. A fixed-focus enlarger for wet nega tives is on the lines of the apparatus shown at A in the article " Enlarging by Daylight."