Wow. Thanks for all the helpful suggestions and information. I tried to post yesterday, but when I pressed submit I got a message that the post needed to be checked by an administrator. But, since the post still doesnít show up in the thread Iíll post anew.
Trying to summarize what I think I learned and understand so far:
1. The higher the dilution the lower the overall contrast (all other things equal of course)
-- 1:25 or 1:50 will give me a higher global contrast than the one I get from stand dev at 1:100.
2. I donít mind grain, but I donít want the grain to dominate too much.
-- The higher the agitation frequency the more grain.
-- 1:25 will yield sharper grain than 1:50.
3. Resting time between agitation will mostly affect the shadows.
-- An interval of 2 minutes will push the shadows more than one of 1 minute.
Since Iím looking to have more global contrast, but still keep the look of the edge transitions I get from stand development, I need to find some sort of compromise. Iíve been looking over at filmdev for some examples. And, I think I found one which seem to offer similar characteristics.
20C, 1:60, 17min
Through first minute constant agitation, then every 3rd minute for 5-6 seconds
And, If things donít look the way I like Iíll adjust the method.
If the highlights donít get developed enough, I will add one more agitation action.
If the shadows arenít black enough Iíll shorten the development time with 1 minute.
Feel free to school me if you see fit