Need advice on developing BW negs.

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by kjsphoto, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. kjsphoto

    kjsphoto Subscriber

    Apr 21, 2004
    Sub 35mm
    Hello everyone,

    I was out shooting today using 120 TMax 100 film. I came across this old weathered lock on a wooden gate. The light was flat but I envisioned it with a snap to it and if I develop it normally it will be mud. I rated the film at 100 but I did bracket 3 shots from my base exposure, +1 n -1 because I wasn’t sure how to develop the image.

    I am also using TMax developer because at the time I bought it I wasn’t aware of this killer site! Oh well. Do I over develop to snap it up a bit? What do I need to do, to give the negative more snap? I have it ready to process but wanted to ask here first before I dare pour the chemicals.

  2. Nige

    Nige Subscriber

    Sep 8, 2002
    Multi Format
    what about the rest of the roll... Do you care about that?

    Another thing I'd take into account would be do I have extra grades (or filters) of paper to use knowing I'll be dealing with a flat neg. Alternative, scan it... that will fix it :smile:
  3. dr bob

    dr bob Member

    Sep 7, 2002
    Annapolis, M
    Medium Format
    First, welcome to APUG. Second, your development depends on the tonal range of the subject. If it has a "normal" range of around 5 stops or so, then normal development will do. If it has a relatively low range, say 2-3 stops and you envision more, then try increasing your development time maybe as much as double to increase the contrast. Your bracketing was a good idea and it will help no matter what development you use as it controls the densities - not the contrast. Contrast is affected through development. Good luck and try posting some results for analysis.
  4. Konical

    Konical Subscriber

    Jun 1, 2003
    I see no need at all to apologize for using T-Max developer. T-Max developer and T-100 film make for an extremely flexible combination with nearly grainless negatives in most cases. My "normal" time for T-100 roll film is 10 minutes in 1:7 mixture. If I had a flat lighting situation such as you describe, I'd probably increase the time to 11 or 12 minutes. Good luck.