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    I think that's just it. For this particular image, larger size may just not work. I'm going to try smaller and see how it will work. THAT of course means starting all over again.

    I actually wanted this print even larger. I guess that's not going to happen now. (16x20 paper is arriving today)
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddie View Post
    Are you factoring in dry down?

    Yes. I used Ansel Adam method. (microwave drying) Each piece was evaluated completely dry. I know it's pretty bad for the microwave oven itself but its an old one.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    Now printed to 10 3/4 by 7 1/4. Strangely looks better.... waiting for it to dry.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkamiya View Post
    Are there any tricks and tips on minimizing waste on large (and expensive) paper?
    From the end of my article, Making A Fine Art Print:

    Now that I already know where I am going and how to get there - by following the PRINTING RECORD's recipe - the TEST PRINT can often be skipped when making greater enlargements. The first exposure for a STRAIGHT PRINT may be estimated by doubling exposure from 11X14 to 16X20, and increasing by 50% from 16X20 to 20X24 - either by increasing the time or opening up the lens - or both. In fact, the straight print, and most of the intervening WORK PRINTS may be skipped, as well. Although specific amounts of dodging and burning can change substantially from one print size to another, the total number prints required to arrive at a fine print may be reduced and much time saved by combining steps before processing the paper. Depending on the complexity of the print, it is possible to make the initial fine print with only a couple of sheets of paper.

    Of course all this ease of printing tends to fall apart when printing mural sizes on roll paper. It is often impossible to match sheet sizes with identical roll paper. So I must begin testing paper all over again. Here is the exception that proves the rule about my penchant to use full sheets for the test print. I cut only enough paper from the roll to test key areas of the negative, but at least I already now generally what areas of the print will require some degree attention from the last sheet size printing record.

    Additionally, the required contrast my go up with enlargement depending upon light source and/or paper.

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    I have found test strips and more than once if necessary, keeping notes, and a little experience have helped me. It is important to get to know the characteristics of the paper you use, e.g., Ilfobrom Galerie reacts somewhat differently from Art 300.
    But even with notes, I still think working with a paper over time can be very helpful.
    Follow the Light John 8:12
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    that's what i do!
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