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    These are what I have, they allegedly spent the last 10 years in a storage unit in Brownwood, TX where the temperature is prone to swinging from below freezing to above 80F in a single day (and summers break 100F with ease).


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    #1 and #2 are very slightly different shades of yellow. #3 is a very light grey, #4 is purple

    this is #5

    Filters by Anthony J. Martinez, on Flickr

    this is #6

    Filters by Anthony J. Martinez, on Flickr

    #7 is dark purple.

    Use them, or just buy new ones?

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    You're right. These look like they are done. I would invest in a new set or look for a color enlarger.
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    WILCO. Thanks again for all the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony J. Martinez View Post
    WILCO. Thanks again for all the advice.
    "WILCO", that's one piece of (internet) jargon I didn't know yet, but yes, do comply, as, as Ralph said, these filters are completely done.

    Once you have them, start experimenting with them to get some feeling of the impact on paper contrast. You will see huge differences. Post an updated photo once you have some final result
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    It's really military jargon, my first name used to be Sergeant and I spent more than a little bit of time acknowledging orders over the radio. Old habits die hard I guess. Tomorrow I'll head into town and get some contrast filters and give it another go!

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    The scan murdered the highlights, but side by side the prints are quite different. Ended up using a 3.5 contrast filter, and it worked well. Thanks guys.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco B View Post
    "WILCO", that's one piece of (internet) jargon I didn't know yet
    I am pretty sure it is a verbal contraction of 'will comply'.
    my real name, imagine that.

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    You're correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony J. Martinez View Post
    The scan murdered the highlights, but side by side the prints are quite different. Ended up using a 3.5 contrast filter, and it worked well. Thanks guys.
    Good to hear you finally got a result to your liking. Despite the scan not doing it justice, it still looks like an improvement.

    One last tip: try to make a maximum black reference of each paper type you have by simply deliberately exposing a piece of photo paper under normal room light and putting it through the development. It can help to judge the contrast while printing, and determine if you really achieved / used the total range of contrast and maximum black in your print.
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    "Analog is chemistry + physics, digital is physics + math, which ones did you like most?"

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    I actually did that by accident during one of my darkroom days. I pulled a sheet out, set it on the easel, got distracted by something. Turned on the white light. Talked on the phone for a minute, and then realized what I'd done. That box of paper is finished now, but for the last 15 sheets or so I had references for both white and black.

    Thanks again for all the help.

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