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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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