Originally Posted by polyglot
Thanks for the link. Beautiful images! Anything close to that is what I'm aspiring to achieve.
While I will eventually be developing my own negatives in the future ( I have new stainless steel tanks and reels for 120/220, several new dark plastic containers for chemicals and even some unopened D76 in a box somewhere), for the time being I plan on sending my negatives to a lab for processing. One of my main reasons is that due to the fact that it has been so many years since I develop my own rolls, I will more than likely have to go through several rolls before I get it right. Once I get a few sets of developed negatives back from a reputable lab, I will have a baseline standard to compare with once I start doing it myself. I also have to set up one of my bathrooms for film developing as well. Both have windows and there is plenty of light that comes through them no matter what time of night. I will have to practice loading reels in a large dark bag, but I have to do more research on the most practical method.
Scanning is another issue. While I plan to have the labs scan the negatives when they develop them, I plan to scan them again. I have a couple of old scanners I use and I have gotten pretty decent results with them in the past (scanning both 120 color Porta and 35mm slides). I might need to update to a newer film scanner soon, but I don't want to spend a small fortune on this. My medium format B&W experiment is just for fun (artistic self-satisfaction with the hopes of creating large prints for hanging on my living room wall), not for any commercial workflow.
p.s. Thanks for the link to your FAQ page as well! Very helpful info there! I will definitely be using it as a reference guide throughout this whole experiment! Thanks!
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