how dense are your 4x5 sheets and other films ?
i have found that when i contact print my sheet film ( even roll film exposures cut and contact printed )
the density of the film really makes a difference in the final print.
if the film is too thin, the optimal exposure will be short, you will need to boost contrast with
filters, or different strength developers and water baths to bathe the print in ...
and it really makes a more difficult task, not that it can't be done ...
using a hard filter and a soft filter really makes muddy tones rich and crisp ..
it takes a little bit of practice but in the end the prints speak for themselves
good luck !
Thanks for the tip. I was thinking about giving split grade a shot for the muddy shadow detail. I am going to try to print the over exposed negative first. I think since there is an incredible amount of shadow detail in that negative, I should be able to print it ok if I use a hard filter to increase the over all contrast of the print.
I am going to also try shooting at a lower EI and souping the film in a lower dilution of Rodinal as well to increase the compensating effect to get the shadows out of the toe of the film. This should fix that problem because I do not want to be doing split grade printing in the future unless I have to. I guess the old saying is true -- expose for the shadows and develop for the highlights.
Thanks, Thom I have a daylight tank for 4x5" so 13' @ 1:50 is no big deal (I invert VERY gently with Rodinal). However, that is REALLY long for tray processing. I guess I will have to get some music going or I am going to be board in the dark :o)
Ha. Well, your choice then. Quality and consistency, or getting done quickly. Up to you, good buddy.
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The 5 stop over exposed (and pulled 1 stop) negative printed pretty well with a grade #4 filter. A little hot, but my filters are old and need to be replaced. The 3½ grade filter has faded to something much lower.
I didn't think it would be such a tame negative considering the horrendous over exposure. Now I am wondering if I should rate this 100 box film EI25 if I want to soup it in Rodinal 1:25. The 4x5 film I develop in a daylight tank, and I don't mind long dev times in a tank. Have you guys also noticed that souping a film in a stronger concentration of Rodinal lowers the EI? That does make sense because there would be less compensation by local developer exhaustion.