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    Quote Originally Posted by koja View Post
    To be honest if I shot this image I would say it falls to the category of trash bin images. No offense please!
    Sometimes the conditions are so difficult that you can't get away with a decent picture. I would just learn for the future (be it dynamic range of the film or contrast taming development techniques) and go shoot some more.
    While I would not go so far as to say trash this image, as it may be one that is important to you and needs to be rescued. koja has a valid point. Exposing the negative correctly and then giving it correct development for the type of enlarger you are using, (i.e. condenser or diffuser) means that you only need show the negative to the enlarger to produce a good print. Extensive time spent in producing consistently good negs (and I can’t do it all the time) ensures simplistic printing.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

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    The white highlight is fine. To get the shadows not to look muddy, contrast need to be increased. This will throw off the exposure so readjust for proper whites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    Extensive time spent in producing consistently good negs (and I can’t do it all the time) ensures simplistic printing.
    Well that really depends on the subject matter and your printing standards. I would definitely argue against that notion. A "perfect" negative can require lots of work and/or technique to print.

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    Thanks everyone. I know it's a tricky negative to work with, but I have no intention of relegating it to the trash bin. Worst case, I can always scan and manipulate it, though I'm finding that more and more ungratifying lately. And if I get nothing good in terms of a print, the learning gained from the experience has been invaluable.

    I made a few adjustments. First of all, I think my developer was pooped, so I mixed a fresh batch. I used a grade 5 filter under the lens (7 seconds) and burned in some highlights with a grade 00 filter (4 seconds). This is what I've come up with. There's still no true black in the image -- multiple attempts turned the background to mud. But I managed to get a lot closer and still retain some shadow detail.

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    Huge improvement. The contrast is much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by litody View Post
    This not correct for all enlargers. Some can do it easily such as my Durst L1200
    exactly!
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    Yep, you done good. Any you have learned a lot.
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    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

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