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Moab Juniper Baryta Rag 305 Paper: Like Printing in a Traditional Darkroom

Here is the latest review on Juniper Baryta Rag 305 from our friends at B&H Photo:

For many, the photographic experience ends with the print instead of the computer screen. Digital printing is constantly evolving, with technology being infused into printers, ink, and paper.

We put the latest from Moab, the Juniper Baryta Rag 305 paper, through its paces to see how it performed with a variety of digital images.

If you are familiar with traditional darkroom, fiber-based paper, the feel and smell of the Juniper Baryta Rag paper will take you back to the times spent inside the chemical dark room with a red safelight overhead and a glow-in-the-dark timer on the shelf.

Juniper Baryta is the only 100% cotton true Baryta paper made in the USA—there aren't that many such papers in existence, either—and it has a wonderful texture, both visually and on your fingertips. It is a heavy paper and the back of it feels very fibrous. If the senses of touch and smell are important to your prints, you might really enjoy this paper. For me, the smell and texture make holding the prints exciting for more than just my eyes.

The “Baryta” name denotes use of barium sulfate and the paper strongly echoes the silver halide paper of the darkroom. The baryta substrate, when compared to standard plastic resin-coated photo papers, allows for much deeper ink penetration on the print.

With the help of the printing experts at the B&H SuperStore, I made several test prints on the 13 x 19" Juniper Baryta paper, using the store’s Epson SureColor P800 and Canon PIXMA PRO-100 inkjet printers.

When it comes to the sense of sight, the Juniper Baryta revealed great richness in the black areas of the test prints. Even with the great DMax, the shadow detail held up very well—the paper showed gradual shading to pure black in the dark regions of the prints. The color saturation was superb and the colorful prints of the lot looked great, with vibrant sunset colors faithfully reproduced by the combination of both printers and the Juniper Baryta.

Black-and-white prints were easily tackled by the paper, as well. Great tonality and the same gradual stretch to the deep blacks of the paper combined to leave us with some compelling B&W prints. Combine this with the look and feel of darkroom fiber paper, and you can further reminisce about the old days of the darkroom.

The Juniper Baryta is of archival quality and, I feel, of a substance, look, and feel that you wouldn’t hesitate to use to display your finest images. If you are mounting a fine art show at a gallery or museum, this is the kind of paper on which you will want to print your work. If you are displaying your work at home, the Juniper Baryta will certainly complement your images and help impress your guests. If used for your portfolio, be prepared to have the reviewer spend as much time feeling the paper as viewing your images.

The best endorsement I can share with you is this: The printing experts at the B&H SuperStore get to see, touch, and print on almost every type of photographic paper on the market. All of the sales professionals who handled the Moab Juniper Baryta and saw the prints were very impressed with the performance, look, and feel of the paper.

The Juniper Baryta Rag 305 is available in 25 sheets of 5 x 7"8.5 x 11"8.3 x 11.7",11 x 14"13 x 19"17 x 22" and 16.5 x 23.4", 100 sheets of 8.5 x 11"8.3 x 11.7", and 13 x 19", and rolls of 17" x 50'24" x 50'44" x 50', and 60" x 50'.

PDN Presents The Curator

RSVP by July 29, 2015 at 10 a.m. 

Join us for PDN's Curator Gallery opening Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Foley Gallery. The exhibition will remain in the gallery until August 7, 2015.

Work featuring Maija Tammi, Amy Friend, Frances F. Denny, Gina Nero, Heather Evans Smith, and Anna K. Shimshak. 

A Year in the Life of an African Wildlife Photographer and Better B&W Printing

Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Speakers: Andy Biggs
Event Type: Photography
Skill Level: Intermediate
Location: B&H Event Space

Click here to Register

Come and share 90 minutes with renowned African wildlife photographer and workshop instructor Andy Biggs. Andy will share a typical year in his life as a wildlife photographer by discussing the myriad safari locations he travels to in Africa. From the wide open savannah of the Serengeti in Tanzania to the seasonal waters of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Andy will tell you how he travels from jet planes to bush planes and helicopters to Land Rovers. Receive practical advice about how to photograph wildlife and discover how he travels internationally to hard-to-reach locations. Andy will share his award winning photographs, along with the stories behind each image, and what equipment he used to create beautiful images. You will also learn how he creates more impactful fine art black and white prints when he is back home and in his studio. He will discuss how he selects his papers, what printers he uses, how to get rich, deep blacks and a wide tonal range and different options for software for better B&W output.

"The Perfect Print" with Andy Biggs, July 6/7 in NYC

Tuesday, July 6, 2010  |  3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Learn the latest digital printing techniques from Master Printer and African Wildlife photographer, Andy Biggs. Andy will cover ICC Profiles, color management, how to choose inkjet papers, types of printers and how to build the ideal digital print studio.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010  |  11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Come and share two hours with renowned African wildlife photographer and workshop instructor Andy Biggs. Andy will share a typical year in his life as a wildlife photographer by discussing the myriad safari locations he travels to in Africa. From the wide open savannah of the Serengeti in Tanzania to the seasonal waters of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Andy will tell you how he travels from jet planes to bush planes and helicopters to Land Rovers.
Receive practical advice about how to photograph wildlife and discover how Andy travels internationally to hard-to-reach locations. Andy will share his award winning photographs, along with the stories behind each image, and what equipment he used to create beautiful images.

 

Project Tandem: Portraits of American Environmental Perceptions

In the fall of 2008 two photographers set out on bicycles to ride 11,000 miles around the country to investigate and share what everyday Americans really thought about the environment. Through interviews and portraits the resulting show, Project Tandem: Portraits of American Environmental Perceptions, offers a wide sampling of the current American community and their varied opinions, stories and perceptions of our local and global environmental climate.

Project Tandem will be giving a presentation this Sunday at B&H Photo in New York. Register here for this free event.

More details after the jump.