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    Quote Originally Posted by markbarendt View Post
    If one carries through a peg point from scene to paper, say a mid-tone instead of a highlight or shadow, then the mid-tones will typically print essentially the same, not too light, not too dark. This assumes development remains constant and that the mid-tones remains somewhere on the straight line. In this case the highlight and shadow detail will change around the mid-tone peg (moving lighter or darker as they fall off the film curve) and the mid-tones will print normally.
    Of course any carry through of tones from negative to print is arbitrary, those values are all established by the printer. Which is to say the midtones only "print the same" if the printer intends it to be.

    The point I was actually making was that you can make a crude judgement on severe-over and severe-under exposure based on how the mid tones look when the darks and highlights are printed to look appropriate.

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    I don't have the slightest clue about printing so forgive me, but, have you also considered developing with a different developer that delivers less overall contrast?

    I also believe pulling might help.

    Also developing with less agitation.

    Again, I know nothing about printing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    The point I was actually making was that you can make a crude judgement on severe-over and severe-under exposure based on how the mid tones look when the darks and highlights are printed to look appropriate.
    Not necessarily, in many shots I do I expect to burn or dodge a bit to change the relationship of say the face (and other subject matter) to the background.

    As long as the background and the face (and other subject matter) have fallen on the straight line portion of the curve my camera was acceptable.

    Printing test prints to both pegs, background and face, is needed to see if there is a problem with the film exposure. Printing one peg or the other only shows "what the paper saw" in relation to that peg.
    Mark Barendt, Ignacio, CO

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