Palm House

Palm House

Editorial comments on this plate:

We present our readers, this week, with a photo-gravure from an orthochromatic negative of a very difficult subject. The “Interior of a Palm House” was made by Mr. Edward H. Graves, an amateur of Orange, N. J., on a Carbutt orthochromatic plate without a color screen. It was developed with eikonogen. “Photographing in the green-house is not so easy as it might be,” writes Mr. Graves. “There is such a sharp contrast between the glass and the deeper shadows that there is likely to be some halation if one is not careful. I find the best results are obtained when the sun does not shine at its brightest and when there is no wind to move the leaves on some of the plants. This negative was made early one morning in the fall. While being developed the tray was held at an inclination, so that the developer should only flow over the high lights occasionally—just enough to keep that part of the plate wet. This gave the detail in the shadows a chance to come up, while the high lights were not not made too intense. I find that orthochromatic plates are much superior to the ordinary ones for this kind of work. The color values are certainly more correctly rendered.”
Mr. Graves is to be congratulated on his success. The subject is difficult, but he has obtained a pleasing and satisfactory result.
The reproduction was by the New York PhotoGravure Company, and “renders the detail and half tones of the negative excellently,” as Mr. Graves writes, “I am pleased with the process.”

Palm House

Image Dimensions15.6 x 20.0 cm | published November 7, 1890 | issue No. 477

Support Dimensions20.5 x 28.7 cm