I have a neg that I really want to get a print out of but it is proving difficult. I had my first try last night without much luck. It consists of a large portion of dramatic sky at sunset in the top 3/4 and the bottom 1/4 or so is beach with a gnarly tree on the shore. The problem is the main area of sky is taking 55secs of exposure which makes the beach and tree black. There IS good neg detail in the beach and tree which prints exactly how I like at about 10seconds of exposure. The problem I'm finding is a large part of this gnarly tree protrudes into the area requiring 55sec, and dodging so far has shown in the final print. I decided to make a print at 55secs, and it is now dry, I will then take an xacto knife and carefully cut out a mask of the tree and beach to use as the dodging tool. Would you say this is the best way to go about it? I've never had to print something where two parts of the scene were tangled and requiring drastic differences in time..