I am using Tri-X 400, exposed for ISO2500 and developed in stock D-76 for ISO 3200. I get consistent, usable results for scanning and further post processing. I would like to change a few things though and would learn, which variables during processing would introduce the biggest effects. I would like to stick with D-76 and would not like to sway to different developers. The shadows are very much blocked already and I would like to learn how to open them up more. The grain size and shape is perfect to my taste, only the abundance of grain would be nice to be limited somewhat. Which ways do I have to reduce grain quantity, but keep the overall character of grain. Contrast is already very high as expected - are there ways to flatten contrast slightly during developing with sticking to D-76 undiluted? Sharpness is sufficient and is no concern at the moment. I develop currently: 1min constant agitation, after this every 60 sec 10 sec agitation. at 20ºC development time is around 11 min Which influence has agitation on the variables, mentioned above, keeping all else consistent? What influence does the fixer have if any on the grain? I use Kodak Rapid fixer without hardener and keep fixing times at 4:30min with fresh fixer without stop bath. Is my way of underexposing+overdeveloping ideal or would it be better, to have more exposure and less develop time for less grain and more shadow detail? Generally I use this combination to be able to still shoot handheld in very low light and run out of shutter speed already (1/8 − 1/30s already).