Quote Originally Posted by Steve Sherman View Post
I would imagine Rapid Exhaustion Dev. is a relative and subjective term to each of us. That said, edge effects and more importantly micro contrast manipulation / control is a direct product of developer exhaustion, reduced agitation and length of time in concert with one another.

I have used strictly FP 4 and HP 5 and Pyrocat HD for nearly 10 years with Extreme Reduced Agitation development and can speak to almost any environmental conditions which can be photographed.

I have and will continue to say, the process, as near a magic bullet as you could hope for is much more about the creative manipulation of scene contrast than any sharpness gain, perceived or otherwise.

If there is interest I can share what my HP 5 development times are.

Cheers, SS
Steve - in addition to development times, can you describe your process (ie define extreme reduced agitation). Everyone seems to have a different take on what the terms imply (extreme reduced agitation, semi-stand, etc.). Do you find you need to alter dilutions? Do you get good film speed? Etc. Are you using this for ULF/LF only? What differences do you note between the results with FP4 and HP5, or are you just using HP5 for higher speed.