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    Quote Originally Posted by DREW WILEY View Post
    For color neg masks I would choose either FP4 or TMX. Delta 100 might be OK but has a very long
    toe to it. You can try Ctein's Muir Softshot or my own tweak which he has also tested and is
    simpler, consisting of very dilute HC-110 with a tiny added pinch of benzotriazole as a toe cutter.
    And whatever film, you need to be sure any antihalation dye is thoroughly removed during washing.
    For color negs you want a very low contast mask, preferably with a straight line response. Once you
    figure this out for basic contrast reduction masks you can make interpositives and then mask them
    for contrast increase masking. But you need to carefully balance your colorhead in order to get a
    consistent response to all colors in the original. More involved than masking black-and-white originals.
    Please be more specific for the developer. What is the exact dilution from stock solution and how much benzotriazole? I am not dead set on Delta 100, I am just looking for films that are of good quality with fine grain and good reciprocity, yet available in 8x10.
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    Greg - you will obviously have to fine-tune things to your own workflow, but my formula for basic
    contr masks FP4: Mix HC-110 to "stock" 1:3. Add 20ml of 1% solution of benzotriazole (more predictable weighing out tiny amts of powder). Then dilute this down 1:31 for use (note: this is 1:31
    from STOCK, not from concentrate). Try 10min at 20C. The final mask should be quite weak, with
    a DMax rarely above .30, yet a tiny bit of density even in the shadows; otherwise you risk crossover
    . Exposure and interpositives are a bit more complicated. I'll do a followup post in a bit.

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    I only do 4 sheets of 8x10 at a time in an oversize tray. Have to be very careful not do get any
    surge marks on this kind of subtle very low contrast work. Two problems with exposure. You have
    to balance the mask for the depressed green sensitivity of the FP4 pan film, and you have to null
    out the effect of the orange mask. After considerable testing what works best for me is to balance
    the color head to 5000K or thereabouts using a color temp meter, then add a light YG filter (Hoya
    XO) to cure the pan effect, then a pale orange (G) to "see through" the mask density. But color
    balance can change with recip effects, so I aim for about a 10 sec exp under the enlarger in the
    contact frame.

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    I appreciate the tips. I will be in San Francisco this coming March for the national conference of the Society for Photographic Education and would love to visit your lab and talk with you in person about masking for color negatives if that is OK with you.
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    I'd be happy to give to a demo Greg, but it's still too far away to know what my travel schedule will
    be like in March, so just email me a couple weeks in advance. Seeing how this is done in person is
    indeed more useful than an entire volume of notes.

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    Thanks, I'll stay in touch.
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