How to lower contrast on grade 2 paper
I have a lot of fix grade 2 papers, and sometimes final prints have too much contrast. Is there some paper developer that will lower the contrast, or maybe some other method can be used (beside developing negative with less contrast)?
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Have you thought about flashing the paper?
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Selectol Soft .. basically a metol only dev.
Thanks for fast replays . Did not think about flashing the paper, never tried, will give a one go. Right now I am using developers from Wolfgang Moersch (Sepia paper developer and ECO 4812), I will try to dilute them to half of recommended minimum to see if I get lower contrast. Selectol Soft: I should mix it myself, or I can buy it somewhere?
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Originally Posted by darkosaric
there's some good info here :
Selectol(not selectol-soft) is a really nice developer, similar to Dektol. Kind of an "in-between" I've found.
Also, you can dodge to make it seem like there is less contrast...
Since you are already familiar with Moersch products, would suggest his Separol Soft by itself or as 2nd bath. I also use a RH Design pre-flasher.
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Depending upon how much you want to reduce contrast you can use one (or more in combination) of the following:
Water (hot) 750 ml
Metol 12 g
Sodium Sulfite 36 g.
Sodium Carbonate 30 g.
Cold water to make 1 liter stock solution.
In use you dilute the stock 1:2 with water to make your working solution.
and/or use a water bath - develop for 1 minute and then place in a bath of plain water for 1 minute and return to developer if necessary.
and/or pre-flash the paper (learning to do this has particular benefits as you can selectively soften parts of the image of desired.
Best of luck,
I've had real good luck with Selectol Soft, sometimes in conjunction with water-bath developing as detailed above, to reduce contrast by a paper grade or more. More often, I use Selectol Soft in tandem with another harder-working developer (e.g., Dektol) to get intermediate contrast on graded paper. This was a more common practice before VC papers became mainstream.
The Moersch Separol Soft will work like Selectol Soft in this regard and may be easier to find in Germany. You can mix your own as well using David's formula or just Google for Ansco 120 or Selectol Soft substitute.
Flashing is a useful tool, but reduces highlight contrast in the process. This is often desirable, but sometimes not. All three tools together can squeeze a lot of contrast on to grade 2 paper.
One more technique to reduce contrast is selective latent image bleaching, or SLIMT. The basics for reducing print contrast are outlined here: http://unblinkingeye.com/Articles/La...agebleach.html and on David Kachel's site here: http://www.davidkachel.com/assets/nw_strry.htm
That should be more than enough to get you going.