Hi Ya'll, I'm back again.
As I am just beginning my paper negative journey am finding more interesting things to wonder about (that's kinda' the fun part).
My actual photo journey is some 40 to 45 years with a 10 year hiatus caused by retirement etc .Finding APUG and in-camera paper negatives has lured me back.
Enough of that I digress,here's my current quandary: Trying not to digress again, What I'm looking for is prints that exhibit tone and density close to the old graded Kodabromide papers. In the late 50's (before Kodak reduced the silver content and multigrade paper came along) prints had a deeper black and cooler tone than is now available. Compared to the available paper the tone was almost blue black not warm beige. I never got into toning (except sepia when called for),am wondering if some type toner is what I should be looking toward.
Guess now that I'm older more contrast and deep blacks appeal to me, more like some of the old William Henry Jackson photos.
I've found that scanning the negatives shot on old outdated paper,processed in dilute developer results in beige/pink(white) areas and inverting the picture in Photoshop results in a contrasty bluish black looking finished product. It's a little too blue but going in the right direction.But dang! I'd rather do it in the darkroom.