Piezography Special Edition is a unique ink set that I blended to show users that our ink sets can be blended. It split-tones to display crisp neutral highlights that melds into selenium which melds into detailed Carbon shadows. This is the most beautiful ink set Piezography has ever released to the public.
This ink set was influenced heavily by my work for photographer Gregory Colbert and his Ashes and Snow exhibitions (the Nomadic Museum). I lived and worked with the artists for several years in the mid-2000s. I made many custom inks during that period. The 11 inks I developed for Colbert are extremely complex. There were three subtle splits in the Ashes and Snow prints made for the Tokyo and Mexico City exhibitions. These prints were seen by more than 10 million people!
When this project ended in 2008, I decided to blend an ink set of six shades for the Epson 1400 printer using existing Piezography inks. Although the ink set is available for all the supported printer models, the six ink set is the purest expression of what I envisioned. If you run it as a K7 ink set you should try the P2 curves which turn the inks into a K6 ink set. You'll see what I mean.
We work on the principle that all Piezography inks are intermixable. Photographers might eventually wish to make their own “blend”; secret or not. As long as the shades are not cross-mixed, any shade can be mixed with the same corresponding shade of another ink set.
Special Edition’s recipe:
Shade 1 = Piezography K7 shade 1 black
Shade 2 = Carbon shade 2
Shade 3 = 75% Carbon Shade 3 and 25% Selenium Shade 3
Shade 4 = 50% Carbon Shade 4 and 50% Selenium Shade 4
Shade 5 = Selenium shade 5
Shade 6 = Neutral shade 6
Shade 7 = Neutral shade 7
For actual split toning, the most popular set is to take Carbon shades 2, 3, & 4 and use them with Selenium shades 5, 6, & 7. Piezography K7 shade 1 is used with this – and its beautiful. To make is just that step more exquisite, you could make a mixture at shade 4 or at shade 5, depending on how high or low you want the split to be. The mixture can be at shade 4 and the shadows will be the more pronounced. To not blend makes a great mid-gray split. And to blend in shade 5 will bring the split up a little higher than mid-tones and may be perfect for landscape.