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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Bennett
    I think it may be a condenser/diffusion thing. I use a condenser enlarger, and yes, a very thin, boring negative works much better than those dramatic, contrasty ones.

    I've yet to do the work of testing for personal film speed, but I have discovered that, for my enlarger, I can reduce dev times by 20-30% from recommended times, and not be hurt in the least. In fact, my usual practice is a 1 stop pull and dramatically reduced dev times.
    I think this is pretty much it for B&W negs. I love the look of a tmax neg, but find they never print how I'd like them to -- experience being a large part of that.

    Cross processed (e6 film souped in c41) negs can be stunning and near impossible to print for the same reason. With a crossed neg you can layer it with an unexposed but souped proper neg and make it manageable. I just wish ra4 materials came in grades.

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    I can often tell by looking at a negative whether or not it will be easy to produce a good print from it. It is far more dificult to guess whether I can produce a good picture from it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcallow
    Quote Originally Posted by Les McLean
    In my experience an exciting negative rarely produces an exciting print but a boring flat negative often produces an exciting print. I've even tried making a negative image from an exciting negative to make the image live and that has not worked either.
    This is so true. But I do love the look of a beautiful neg
    mrcallow

    I do too they are so seductive.

    your avatar reminds me of someone but I just can't remember who?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Les McLean
    your avatar reminds me of someone but I just can't remember who?
    Les, Have you been to Ferndale michigan USofA recently. Of course my avatar is always being confused with (or maybe by) people of significance.

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