dev temperature vs contrast

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by pierods, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. pierods

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    I just finished reading a book by French author Philippe Bachelier, where he says that higher dev temperatures give film more contrast.

    On the other hand, I remember reading in "Edge of darkness" (specifically when talking about perceptol 1+3) that development is equivalent when time is corrected for higher temperatures (shorter time, that is).

    So, if I use higher temperatures for development and correct time, do I get an equivalent negative or a negative with more contrast (or somehow different)?
     
  2. Ian Grant

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    Both are right in a way.

    Certain types of developer, particularly MQ (Metol/Hydroquinone), don't work well at low temperatures, below 18°C, and the results are flat lifeless negatives.

    However in practice nearly all developers can be used between 20°C-30°C just adjusting the time to compensate for changes in temperature, the coefficient/amout of change is not the same for all developers.

    Ian
     
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    I always worked with the assumption that development is equivalent when corrected for time. So far, I haven't seen anything that would contradict that assupmtion. However, I would imagine there are exceptions to the rule.
     
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    The only exceptions when, as Ian points out, some developing agents are inactive at cooler temperatures.

    Bachelier and Thornton were talking about the same thing, but to different purpose.