Please have a look at the attached picture of a very handsome male. The scan is not good but I have marked in red the areas I'm referring to. The shadows under the left (and right) eye and on the left side of the nose. There should be shadows there but in my opinion they should be smoother. The border between tones of gray is too abrupt. Or am I imagining thing?
TMax 100 (135) developed in XTol 1+1 7min 45 sec 20C
Paper MGIV FB developed in Ilford Multigrade
Lightning was one strobe to the subject right shot thru an umbrella. An other shot at camera right bounced of umbrella. Strobes measured one stop difference with meter. Shot with 1/250 f8.
Enlargement is 8x10 print.
I'm down at filter 1.0 and am starting to loose blackness on the hat.
Again, the print is better than the scan but not good. Any idea how this can be made better? Even softer filter? Split grade? Burn in the hat with higher filter?
Or did I mess up the development? Should I have used an other developer? Time? Is TMax the wrong film for portrait?
I would really like to know how people get the very smooooth gradations of skin tone you see in some portraits.
Or do I need to find a model with smoother skin