printing problem: shadow at edge of projected image : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

Hi All, and apologies if I'm repeating some often-answered query... just don't even know what to call the problem. Anyway, I recently got a beseler 4x5 dichroic color head for b/w printing. A band of light occurs along the edge of the image projected on the paper. It casts a shadow on the projected image and an adjacent band of light outside the projected image. To my very amateur eyes it seems like a reflection from the vertical edge of the negative carrier (at the edge of the negative). What is it, and what can I do?

If it seems like I'm a guy with a bunch of equipment who has no idea what he's doing... you're right. I live in a small town in the Middle East. It's just me, an inherited Crown Graphic, a Beseler enlarger and three Ansel Adams books. You are my only help!

Thanks, and Happy New Year!


-- tom raff (, December 30, 2000


Tom, You've correctly identified the problem (who says you don't know what you are doing!). There are several solutions: 1. Try applying some flat black paint to the edges of the negative carrier. A lot of times the black paint is rather shiny and reflects a lot of light. 2. File the edges of the negative carrier so that they are at approximately a 45-degree angle instead of vertical. 3. Leave a little "breathing room" at the edge of your negative when you compose and then crop in a bit when printing (I'm sure the full-frame purists are shuddering at the suggestion). Hope this helps, ;^D)

-- Doremus Scudder (, December 30, 2000.

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