If anyone was to say to me that film was dead, I would simply direct them to APUG. With this amount of passion, how can anything be dead?
There are a lot of good and interesting suggestions here and I thank you for all of them.
There's something about stand development that has always intrigued me, as well as adding salt (I have no sulphite) but I've never tried it. So I'm going to conduct an experiment along the lines of what has been suggested in this thread by many of you helpful guys (and girls?) here.
I'll shoot 24 exposures of HP5+ of the same scene, with the same light. Then cut into 4 equal lengths.
1. Straight Rodinal 1:25, 20c, 6 min's, agitate 1st min, 10 sec's every min' after.
2. As above but with salt at ratio of 30g/l, time, temp' and agitation kept the same in the interest of clarity.
3. Straight Rodinal 1:100, 18c, 1 hour and ambient room temp' kept at 20c (to help maintain dev' temp'), agitate 10 sec' after 30 min's.
4. As above but with salt at 30g/l.
All with 3 sharp taps after each agitation. All will be stopped and fixed the same. 30 sec's stopper, 5 min's fixer, Ilford rinse method, wetting agent, dryed over night by hanging.
What's the best way to add the salt. Does it need to be dissolved fully?
Then 1 frame of each will be scanned on an Epson V500, no sharpening or adjustments in-scanner or PS, just straight from the 'can' and uploaded at 96 dpi and the largest file size the forum will allow.
How does that sound?