The original question from bascom49 was "How do I meter this scene?" He went on to say that this was one of his first 4x5 images.
While a lot of this discussion has demonstrated how much a lot of us know about metering and film capture, if I were bascom49, I would be reaching for my FE about now and giving up on the 4x5.
The sample digital image already showed that the exposure range for this image is not beyond the capability of film. It also showed that a simple reflective reading could get to a reasonable exposure for this scene.
A smartphone image is as good a place to start as the sunny 16 rule and there are a lot of apps that can help. An incident meter is a good fallback tool and a spot meter can help with extreme cases, but this scene is not one of them.
Regarding development - with 4x5 HP5 almost any developer will do. If you are accustomed to using Xtol replenished, that't fine but it gets more expensive as a one-shot diluted developer. For one-shot I prefer HC-110 dilution H or Rodinal 1+50 which give good sharpness and are dilute enough to not emphasize the HP5 grain clumping. I also use these for TMX and TMY, which I prefer to HP5, but it is really a matter of what you can conveniently purchase and use.
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