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    Wow...

    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    Better Sense

    Flashing helps but doesn't solve most cases. A mask will do the trick, but you need patience and a bit of time. The reward is worth it. Look at the attached example:

    1. straight print (awful)
    2. final print (yes, that's what I wanted)
    3. mask (lots of work but worth it)

    First, print for the foreground, then use the mask to burn in the sky. The mask was made from a test print for the sky for which the foreground was way too dark. Good luck!
    This was one masterful piece of dodging and burning

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainecoonmaniac View Post
    This was one masterful piece of dodging and burning
    Thanks. At the time, it was my best-selling print.
    Regards

    Ralph W. Lambrecht
    www.darkroomagic.comrorrlambrec@ymail.com[/URL]
    www.waybeyondmonochrome.com

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    I can see why

    Quote Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht View Post
    Thanks. At the time, it was my best-selling print.
    Hey Ralph, I'm sure the this is what digital HDR is trying to imitate. The cool thing is that is shot on one piece of film and it required craftsmanship and artistry to pull it off. I do shoot digital, but I appreciate hard-earned skills through years of practicing a craft. Keep up the good work!

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    You might also try "hard" and "soft" developers such as Dektol and Selectol. I think there's more info in "The Print" by Ansel Adams.

    Cheers
    Morry Katz - Lethbridge, Canada

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    If you burn in the sky with a soft grade (0 or 00) then the pale sky will darken but it will have little effect on the darker trees etc. overlapping the skyline. Overlapping the soft burn with the darker area below the skyline can avoid the pale/dark edging from an inaccurate mask. Keeping the mask high up away from the print seems to work best. Combining this with flashing often solves the problem. Burning the sky away from the skyline with a harder grade can improve the contrast.

    Tony

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