Here's more good reading on how vc papers work, for anyone interested. It doesn't answer OP's question though.
NedL: There are already some threads in which Nicholas Lindan attempted to correct us all but nobody paid the proper attention to what he was saying!!! In retrospect I cringe at the number of times I incorrectly "explained" to people how VC paper worked. However we shouldn't feel too bad. I've read the same incorrect explanation from some high profile photographers.
There is no law stating that you HAVE to use variable contrast papers in any VC mode. You can just print them like a graded paper, though
the outcome will be determined by the general color of your light as well as the specific paper itself. With my Aristo grid head as well as my
various colorheads, most VC papers seem to land around grade 3 when not otherwise filtered up or down from there. Now if that is somewhow to hard to understand when someone is allegedly miraculously capable of making "perfect" negatives, then there is some kind of conceptual disconnect involved. I don't know what a perfect negative is anyway. I tend to print the negative several different ways, even with different papers, and might like them all equally, though in different ways. Therefore I don't know what a "perfect" print is either. I like to make compelling and rich prints, but gave up on the possibility of perfection in art when I was about eight years old.
Thanks for that. The document you linked to makes perfect sense. I did know that MGIV was 3 emulsions, but I certainly had their functions wrong. This makes the discussion of pre and post-flashing with different filters a little more interesting to think about! Off to read silverorO's darkroom automation link...
It was a nice coincidence silveror0 posted that link. It's written by Nicholas Lindan :laugh:
Indeed based on how these papers actually work, it was difficult (for me at least) to work out in my head what the differences might be between say flashing with a #00 vs white light. I've always flashed with a grade 1 or 2 filter but I wanted to test this and see what is actually going on.
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