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    Enlarging Times

    I am curious. About how long do you like to keep your exposure times when enlarging? I feel most comfortable around 15 or 20 seconds. My burns and dodges are more intuitive around there. I just had a 50 second exposure with some slower paper and it really threw my timing off.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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    I think of 20 seconds as a kind of a minimum and I like to stay close to that range. I get bored with longer exposures and start making mistakes!

    (Probably too much TV as a child, or perhaps as an adult)

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    I am with you. 12 second minimum, 24 second Max. Shorter, I can't get done what I want - Longer and my mind wanders. Have you noticed when you try to do a graduated edge balancing burn-in, you have one set speed? Anything faster or slower is jerky?

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    Many times, in fact most times, I have a base exposure of 60-75 seconds and then start burning. This is with a f/11, 6x6 negative, 11x14 Ilford MGIV paper. I'm always amazed to hear people printing with such short base exposures.

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    I’m just starting up with a second enlarger for 8x10 and am I getting confused or pushed . The 4x5 is a Saunders diffusion with dial in filters. For 16x20 Kentmere prints, 40-60 seconds with some surprises at 2-3 minutes. The 8x10 is an Aristo cold light 12x12 head. BAM!! 10-12 seconds for similar negatives, development, paper and exposure. I am adding a neutral density filter to slow that racer down a bit so I have time to react and dodge or burn.

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    We have a 4X5 cold light head and it is also a bit much. I don't personally use it for that reason.

    Actually, in response to the above question, 11X14s tend to go a bit higher, closer to 45 seconds, and 16X20s get up there in time. I was mostly referring to 8X10s.

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    My graded paper 8x10s are usually around 35 seconds at f8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flotsam
    About how long do you like to keep your exposure times when enlarging?
    With very little dodging and/or burning, I like about 30-seconds. Depending on the amount of dodging/burning, more. Using a cold light makes this process a little more complicated since 3-seconds burts max is a must to avoid overheating the tube (hence more light than planned).
    [FONT=Times New Roman]MAC[/FONT]

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    I've always liked 10 to 15 seconds. For Christmas cards, I shorten the time as much as possible. Obviously, I choose an image that doesn't require much work for a Christmas card.
    Watch for Loose Gravel

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    10 seconds is my standard base exposure. Dodging and burning are fractions of a stop of that. Totals of exposures may be 60 seconds.
    Regards Dave.

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