tri-x rated at 200 asa
Hello to the group.
I just shot a couple of rolls of tri-x at 200
I did this as it was suggested to achieve
a different look from tri-x. Basically I'm trying to tone down
the contrast a bit. Apparantly this is common practice.
However, I won't be able to process these rolls myself.
My question is, if I take these rolls to my favorite lab,
do I ask for a pull process, or process normal?
I'm inclined to pull, but I want to check here before
I might ruin a couple of good shots.
Sorry if this has been covered. I tried a search on this.
Shoot at 200, process normally. You should get nice looking negs.
If you want to lower contrast in your negatives, develop for a shorter period of time.
Shooting the film at an exposure index of 200 just means you're giving more exposure, moving the shadow tones farther up from the toe of the tonal curve of the film (see manufacturer's data sheet).
What it in reality means is that you'll get better shadow separation, but overall contrast shouldn't be affected until you alter development time.
If you develop that roll normal you will probably get workable negs unless it was extremely bright and you metered for the shadows. If it was low contrast lighting you should be fine. But to achieve a compressed tonal scale, or lowered contrast, you need to shorten development time. How much? Only trial and error can tell for sure.
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Yes, rating at 200 and shortening the dev time would be a "pull".
Generally, pulling lowers contrast...but you could develop normally as well and get great negatives. That extra stop of exposure is easily handled by negative film.
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Normal works great, but I would still pull it 10-15%.
I shoot all of my 35mm tri-x at e.i. 200; I process in Microdol-X 1:3 (24C) for 20% less that the published time. Works for me.
my favourite setting!
200iso - develop 4 min (or as I do 3.45min) in HC110. fantastic film!
I use to shoot it that way, then pull process. The result was less contrast, which could allow a softer look to the final images. Oddly enough, I recall a Kodak magazine ad that described that, and had an image that was of a pilot with a WWI era biplane. I liked the look in that old ad, so I gave it a try for a while. It may have been in a National Geographic magazine, since I recall going through old issues at the library when I was in college (graduated 1998). Anyway, probably appropriate for doing shots of people, though I prefer AGFA APX100, or more recently Ilford HP5+.
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I did a roll @ 200 last summer, but I did HC-110 dil. B, develop 5 min (agitation 10 secs/min throughout). I consider "normal" 400 ISO development to be HC-110 Dil. B. at 7.5 min, so I did pull it.
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