You'll get all sorts of different answers to a question like this. Based on the scans it looks like you're doing fine so far.
Here are a few thoughts on Pan F+ assuming you use DDX (an excellent developer) without getting too complicated:
1. It is always important to keep the inherent characteristics of a film (and developer) in mind when shooting a scene. Pan F+ is inherently more contrasty than medium speed films, so to some extent you have to accept that if it is the film you want to use, particularly if the lighting conditions are contrasty to begin with (as is the case in your first scan). For example if the lighting is contrasty it is ok to end up on grade 1 rather than grade 2.
2. Reducing contrast by reducing agitation/increasing dilution with a general purpose solvent developer such as DDX will generally require more substantial changes in process than people think. It can also change film speed, and will change image structure characteristics.
3. The easiest thing to do is simply reduce development time to reduce the contrast index. DDX tends to give good film speed, but generally as you reduce development time you may find you need to give a little more exposure. You'll have to test for yourself. Start by reducing development time by 30s or 60s and go from there. Based on your scans it doesn't appear drastic measures are required.
Last edited by Michael R 1974; 07-30-2013 at 09:26 AM. Click to view previous post history.