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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    Contact printing is like a luxury compared to enlarging. For my own film and developing testing I use a contact printing frame, but a sheet of glass and a flat surface will do nicely. You lay a piece of photo paper with emulsion side up, put your negatives on top with their emulsion side down, and then you 'close the lid'. If you use a sheet of glass I recommend taping the edges with tape so you don't cut yourself. Put pressure on the glass to hold paper and negatives in close contact, and avoid blocking the light. You can use weights if you need to use your hands.
    Make a test strip to determine exposure time, and start making contact sheets. The exposure time that gives you maximum black of the paper in the film rebate is usually the best exposure. Then you either adjust contrast grade of the printing paper, or you adjust developing time of your negative to get the contrast you need out of the print. I always make my contact prints at Grade 2.5, and adjust film exposure and developing time to have negatives that print reasonably well as a straight print at that contrast.
    Then when I start making individual prints of single negatives I of course tweak the print into what I want the finished print to look like, but I find the approach above gives me the best starting point to get to a finished print, with minimal time spent and minimal waste.

    And keep practicing. Your picture above is really nice, so I think you are well on your way. You just have to remember that your paper and paper developer has a certain range, and your negative exposure and development time are variables that you alter to fit the paper and paper developer. If you learn how this system works, it will be much easier to make negatives that print like a dream without much darkroom gymnastics.
    I'm using VG Fiber Paper, Is it more difficult to use then graded paper? I have not been in the dark room in 20 years and my brain has muddled all my past darkroom experience into one be ball of chaos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    I don't think standing development lends much to the Foma films, honestly, but that's just my flavor. Standing development is a pretty extreme form of compensating development, and has its uses and strengths, for sure.
    I've shot and developed 3-4 rolls of Action 400 in Rodinal 1:100 60 minutes, it gives lots of grain, quite nice grain, but still, lots of it. I kind of liked it, creative, but nothing I am going to keep on doing. Here's a cpl of shots (not entirely perfect since the scan didn't do a lot for the grain when viewed on the screen.. they look better even printed digitally.

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    Dear Jenni,

    Variable contrast printing is different to using graded...but in my opinion easier, pm your address and I will send you the multigrade printing manual and you can de-chaos, it does not matter which brand you are using the principle is the same.

    Simon. ILFORD Photo / HARMAN technology Limited :

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    Quote Originally Posted by Felinik View Post
    I've shot and developed 3-4 rolls of Action 400 in Rodinal 1:100 60 minutes, it gives lots of grain, quite nice grain, but still, lots of it. I kind of liked it, creative, but nothing I am going to keep on doing. Here's a cpl of shots (not entirely perfect since the scan didn't do a lot for the grain when viewed on the screen.. they look better even printed digitally.

    http://d2bm3ljpacyxu8.cloudfront.net...00_001_006.jpg

    http://d2bm3ljpacyxu8.cloudfront.net...00_001_009.jpg
    Looks nice, adds nice ambiance, I'll remember that for when I want to add some mood to something. Thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon R Galley View Post
    Dear Jenni,

    Variable contrast printing is different to using graded...but in my opinion easier, pm your address and I will send you the multigrade printing manual and you can de-chaos, it does not matter which brand you are using the principle is the same.

    Simon. ILFORD Photo / HARMAN technology Limited :

    Oh thank you very much I will send you a PM forthwith!

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    I use Arista EDU 400 and 100. I really like it. It has an old look that I like. I use Xtol or HC-110 B. I also use Arista EDU FB VC paper. Both a great value and made by Foma.
    Here are a couple of shot on Arista EDU posted on APUG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainecoonmaniac View Post
    I use Arista EDU 400 and 100. I really like it. It has an old look that I like. I use Xtol or HC-110 B. I also use Arista EDU FB VC paper. Both a great value and made by Foma.
    Here are a couple of shot on Arista EDU posted on APUG.
    http://www.apug.org/gallery1/showima...mageuser=37430

    http://www.apug.org/gallery1/showima...mageuser=37430

    Thanks for sharing, I never wanted to take pictures of anything but people but now I am getting inspired to do more then just portraits.

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    And I should have said I'm using ISO 200. From what I've read it still has a wide latitude so shooting at 100 should give me the results I am after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Felinik View Post
    I've shot and developed 3-4 rolls of Action 400 in Rodinal 1:100 60 minutes, it gives lots of grain, quite nice grain, but still, lots of it. I kind of liked it, creative, but nothing I am going to keep on doing. Here's a cpl of shots (not entirely perfect since the scan didn't do a lot for the grain when viewed on the screen.. they look better even printed digitally.

    http://d2bm3ljpacyxu8.cloudfront.net...00_001_006.jpg

    http://d2bm3ljpacyxu8.cloudfront.net...00_001_009.jpg
    Here is a 9x12" print using 35mm Foma 400, processed in Edwal 12. 100% different.
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    Here's another shot, which is Foma 200 in 35mm developed in Rodinal 1+50. It's a neg scan so it's probably a bit grainier looking than a print would be.
    I have no notes regarding developing time as it was a bit of an experiment with 5 rolls of the stuff a couple of years back.
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