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    Quote Originally Posted by clayne View Post
    Intimacy of print changes with size though.
    So true. Recently I was in Steve McCurry exhibition in Rome - many prints were huge. I recognized also some prints that he made from last role of kodachrome (portrait of Robert De Niro and other). Anyhow, there were more than 2 meters in size, and they were impressive - but I felt lack of intimacy: they were "screaming" at me with those screaming colors and huge size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoffy View Post
    I'm curious. Would I be pushing the boundaries going to that size? I have it as an 8x10 and its OK, but as a 16x20, I'm not so sure.
    Go forth and print, and look at it from a reasonable distance and decide for yourself.

    If it were I, of course I would do it. As long as the magnification doesn't reveal some embarrassing flaw of technique!

    My blog essay on print size may interest you. Or maybe not These days, I think we need to think a bit more critically about big prints and question the trend.
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    15 years ago this would not even have been a question. I have made lots of big prints from 35mm.

    I say do it. Making large prints is a whole new experience. It's fantastic.

    The film print is a whole different animal than the plastic, smooth, digital/ inkjet thing.

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    That is NOTHING... I just had a request for a 5x8 FOOT print from a 35mm frame taken in 1990. This will be going the DPUG route though.

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    Go for it! Just do it.

    I just sold two 16x20 prints, one made from Tri-X 400 and the other TMax 3200.

    Don't let the whole 'but it's so grainy' thing stop you. Use your most critical eye when you print. Get that tonality just right. Use a really good enlarging lens in an aligned enlarger, and a glass negative carrier. Do a great job of spotting the print to perfection.

    My experience is that hardly anybody, except photographers, care about grain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    Go for it! Just do it.

    I just sold two 16x20 prints, one made from Tri-X 400 and the other TMax 3200.

    Don't let the whole 'but it's so grainy' thing stop you. Use your most critical eye when you print. Get that tonality just right. Use a really good enlarging lens in an aligned enlarger, and a glass negative carrier. Do a great job of spotting the print to perfection.

    My experience is that hardly anybody, except photographers, care about grain.

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    exactly ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    Go for it! Just do it.

    I just sold two 16x20 prints, one made from Tri-X 400 and the other TMax 3200.

    Don't let the whole 'but it's so grainy' thing stop you. Use your most critical eye when you print. Get that tonality just right. Use a really good enlarging lens in an aligned enlarger, and a glass negative carrier. Do a great job of spotting the print to perfection.

    My experience is that hardly anybody, except photographers, care about grain.

    - Thomas

    Couldn't have said it any better.

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    I too agree with Thomas B... in fact I would go so far as to say that I often prefer large prints from small negs, because of that crisp grain and sparkle that you can get with the right handling.

    Interestingly, almost every time, I will prefer a well-suited Tmax 3200 neg at 20x16 than Fp4+....

    My exhibition default sizes are 20x16 (17" image) and 24"x20 while I have often wanted the 20x16s to be bigger, I have rarely wanted them to be smaller unless there are technical issues, in which case I will print much smaller if need be. This is largely due to venue sizes and making viewing easier without print sniffing. For a domestic setting, its different. I recently sold an image from an exhibition and the print was a 20x24; however, I suggested to the buyer a 20x16 max for this particular image in a domestic setting. When he opened the package in his home, he felt it was larger than the 24" print he saw exhibited!

    My next project will likely be 5x5" prints though!

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    I view Ansel Adam's Fiat Lux traveling show a few years back. Even those 3x4 foor prints from 4x and 8x negatives looked less than "tight" if you are used to seeing his stuff 16x20 and in fine books.

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    I just printed some 16x20s this weekend, but from medium format negatives and they look wonderful as far as grain is concerned. I don't know if I would feel comfortable with 35mm. If you could do a test at 16x20 magnification on a smaller sheet of paper first, this might give you an indication and save some money ... this size is quite expensive.
    All the best
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