Why Aren't My Prints Looking Like Ektacolor Type-C Prints?

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Why Aren't My Prints Looking Like Ektacolor Type-C Prints?
Apr 26, 2012

I'm an amateur photographer who started off by printing B&W images using a wet darkroom. Later, using Kodak chemistry and Ektacolor paper, I advanced to color printing . I'm not Ansel Adams, but over the years, I have made some very pleasing prints. Years ago, I switched to digital. I'm self-taught in Photoshop and do all my printing in CS5. I've used Epson printers in the past and currently use a Canon Pro9000 Mark II printer using a third party ink and Ilford Galerie paper. I create custom profiles using ColorMunki Photo. I have made some wonderful prints using this configuration and they proudly hang on my living room walls. So, can someone tell me why my prints still don't have the same look and feel that I got from an Ektacolor Type-C print I made over 40 years ago? I don't know how to explain this to someone who has never done color printing in a darkroom, but there is a definite difference. I look at my prints (as well as others) and I can immediately tell it's digital. I'm using high-end digital cameras but no matter how hard I try, it still has that digital look on printout. I can't be more specific or explain it any other way. I don't know why I can't duplicate that Type-C look. I assume it's my technique (unless I need to invest in more costly printing equipment) and I would love some education on this matter. Does anybody else share my feelings? Can anybody offer some suggestions to get me to where I want to be? Thanks.

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