I realize this blog post isn’t going to be that exciting–or that popular. Not many photographers these days actually print their images anymore. It is often said that there will be a giant hole in the photographic record from the last ten or fifteen years because images rarely make it off the hard drives and onto...
Why do you print with a large border as opposed to fully borderless prints?
Is it for handling purposes?
Anthony – Indeed, I print with a one inch border just for handling. I could print closer to the edge but it would only add another inch or so. The 17×22 inch paper is ideal for 6×4.5 medium format aspect ratios, not so great for the 2×3 aspect ratio that most DSLRs use. I also use cotton gloves to handle each piece of paper the whole way through so no oils from my skin contaminate the paper. That just helps it last longer.
I have been using ilFord gallerie gold fiBre silk since you recommended it in this article.
I have Had DIFFICULTY sourcing it lately and when i contacted ilforD they say its no longer available and i SHOULD TRY and find old stock. Thats not easy in ireland as they dont have a dealer network.
What paper do you RECOMMEND as the nearest alternative to gfs?
Im not a fan of glossy paperS.
Indeed, Anthony, Ilford Gold Fibre Silk is not being made at the moment. Ilford has not discontinued it as far as I know. There is a supply chain issue for that paper and Ilford is working on a replacement that will effectively be the same paper. The new Ilford gold Fibre Pearl is a very nice paper and somewhat similar. If you want the exact same surface finish as the Gold Fibre Silk then i would suggest trying Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta Paper, which is a heavier paper but almost identical to GFS.
Thanks for the fast Reply. I wilL have a look at Your recommendations. HaVe a nice christmas.