I have to admit I had some mixed feelings when I heard Ilford had introduced a new silver gelatin paper. Anytime someone messes with my artistic material I get concerned! The history of my favorite papers goes something like this: Oriental Seagull, kaput; Agfa Portriga Rapid, discontinued; Kodak PolyMax, discontinued; Forte Polywarmtone, gone. My current paper of choice is Ilford Multigrade and I have been very happy with it for a couple of years.
I finally put together my Kodak 8×10 and have been taking it out shooting. The woodwork and brass I decided to do a light “rejuvenation” to. I just didn’t want to strip down the wood, too clean for my liking. I did make some modifications to allow a Packard shutter to be installed internally.
I just finished 4 days of shooting in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Amazing experience!