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    A quick contrast reducing (unsharp) mask will make your dodging and burning a lot simpler. Give it a try, it's really not very hard.
    If you can get it right, this method is very effective, and I've done it with 35mm negs!
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    Looks a lot better to me Andy...good work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neal
    Dear Andy,

    A quick contrast reducing (unsharp) mask will make your dodging and burning a lot simpler. Give it a try, it's really not very hard.

    Neal Wydra
    Yes, I have used unsharp or contrast reducing masking with 35 mm ...it works. The effect is exactly opposite of preflashing...USM compresses the shadows upwards...Preflashing compressed the highlights downward...

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    Much better, Andy. Only one note. Be carefull to clean your negatives from marks, dust, small hairs, etc. Or you will have to spend time for retouching...

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    Thanks haris, the dust etc is on my scanner glass. I should clean it, but really I don't care, lol!


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    Andy one question. As me too use Meopta (magnifax 4 with Meochrom colour head - older model) how you make preflashing. I never did that before, and untill decide to buy or not to buy preflashing gadget, I would like to know how practicaly to do that. And as you use almost same equipment as I do...

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    Haris, no special equipment required.

    I figured the preflash time by placing coins side by side along the length of a test strip of the paper I was using.
    I then set the f/stop of the enlarger to f/22 and set the timer for five seconds.
    I then moved a mask along the test strip one second at a time, I then developed the test strip.
    I repeated this, with shorter times, until I had a strip where the coin outlines toward one end did not show, The point where you can barely see a coin shape on the paper is the preflash time.
    I determined this for my paper to be around 0.25 seconds @ f/22.
    I have a Viponel analogue timer which allows me to set for 6 seconds or 60 seconds by flicking a x10 switch (see attachment), so setting for 0.25 seconds was no problem.
    Then when it came to the print i did the preflash with no carrier in the enlarger, and then exposed the print as normal.
    Last edited by Andy K; 10-23-2005 at 10:33 AM. Click to view previous post history.


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    Thank you Andy.

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    No problem Haris, this was the first time I used preflash too!
    Last edited by Andy K; 10-23-2005 at 10:30 AM. Click to view previous post history.


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