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Slavich Unibrom is Some Funky Paper

Tim Rudman says that Slavich Unibrom paper is “by far the most graphic and the coldest of all lithable papers with a look all of its own”. I agree.

I played with the paper a bit using the Merced River shot (see the last image in my previous post), but really wanted to try it out with an unusual lensbaby image that’s in rotation on the front page of my photography website. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to do more than a single test print using the Fomatone and Adox curves, but still, I got results.

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Slavich Unibrom 160 Grade 3 in Rollei Lith developer (100/100/1800). Fomatone curve. Exposure: 150 sec. @ f/5.6. Development: 8:48 Print #7.

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Slavich Unibrom 160 Grade 3 in Rollei Lith developer (100/100/2400). Adox curve. Exposure: 150 sec. @ f/5.6. Development: 8:48 Print #7.

For reference here’s my original digital interpretation:

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The two lith images side-by-side are a useful example of how much getting the curve right matters for digital negatives process. Both images were printed on the exact same sheet of paper in the same developer bath. The only difference is the adjustment curve applied to the image prior to printing.

Why did I use a Fomatone and Adox curve on Unibrom paper? Because I hadn’t built the curve yet for Unibrom, so I used what I had handy. I figured it would be close enough to get something interesting.