Hahnemühle Museum Etching vs Canson Montval Aquarelle

I’m not suggesting these papers are direct competitors, but the texture is similar, so I thought it would help to show these papers differences to help others make an educated purchase.

Here is a quick comparison of these two papers using a color image.  I chose this image because it has a very saturated red area, blue area, green area, and a large grey/white area as well.  First things first, here is digital file of the image printed.  It was taken off the coast of Port Denarau, Fiji; with a Canon 5D Mark II, Canon EF 300mm f4L lens and B&W Kaseman MRC circular polarizer:

Oil Tanker

Now for the scans of the prints.  Definitely check out the scans at full size, you can clearly see that the Canson texture is more “patterned” than the Museum Etching.  Not a bad thing in itself, but your personal taste may vary.  I don’t have anything special for a scanner, so I can’t say that your monitor is displaying what the prints exactly look like, but you can tell the differences of the papers relative to one another at least.

Prints were done with a freshly calibrated iMac, on an Epson 3880 using manufacturer recommended settings and ICC profiles

The top print is the Hahnemuhle Museum Etching, the bottom is Canson  Montval Aquarelle

Museum-Etching

Montval-Aquarelle

The Hahnemuhle had much warmer greens, which I felt didn’t do the scene justice, but because of this warmth, the shadowy areas of the mountains appeared less flat.  Also, the clouds in the Hahnemuhle were clearly warm.  The Canson had better blue ocean tones, cleaner clouds, and cleaner greens.  The Canson did have a flatter look in the shadowed areas, but overall the print has more pop.  If you look at both scans at full size, the sharpness is a moot point; they are both very sharp for their texture.

In the future I would choose Canson Montval Aquarelle over Hahnemuhle Museum Etching for color landscapes.

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4 Canvas Shootout

I was having a hard time deciding on my favorite canvas, so I decided to run a head to head competition on my top 4;

Harman By Hahnemuhle Canvas

Hahnemuhle Daguerre Canvas

Hahnemuhle Monet Canvas

Moab Anasazi Canvas

I printed the below image on all of them, using the company provided profiles and perceptual rendering intent. I chose perceptual because it really helped maintain the transitions in the shadows, something that can get lost because these matte canvases have much less dynamic range than a screen or glossy paper.

2 Months Old!

After running this test I think that Hahnemuhle Monet Canvas is even more clearly the winner. Here is how the test turned out:

Harman By Hahnemuhle Canvas: This one was the coolest toned of the bunch, but maybe a little less bright than the Daguerre. It came off with good shadow detail but the deeper areas were not that deep compared to the Monet. The colors were the least saturated and the skin tones were the coolest. The texture and feel is great and I like the weight, but it didn’t work so well for me as a color portrait canvas, which is, in my opinion, the best use for canvas.

Hahnemuhle Daguerre Canvas: This one wasn’t that different from the Harman. It was slightly whiter, and as such was also a little less saturated compared to the Monet, but not any less saturated than the Harman. The details were great, but again, I didn’t see the skin tones as pleasing, making it less effective as a color portrait canvas, in my opinion.

Moab Anasazi Canvas: Once again the heavy and very mechanical looking texture was prevalent in this canvas. The colors were the most intense, and the skin tones actually came out too saturated, ever so slightly orange compared to the Monet. Not sure I really like this canvas at all.

Hahnemuhle Monet Canvas: Contrary to my initial review, this canvases contrast wasn’t at all because the whites were whiter. It is, in fact, the warmest and least white of all 4 canvases! For some reason though, maybe a great dmax, this canvas just “pops” the best, had the most pleasing natural skin tones, and had a texture that was neither overbearing nor absent, and it held good detail. A definite winner in my opinion, a roll of this canvas will be on the way to my house soon!