Hi, I've attached two images from the same negative showing one printed from a professional lab and the other by me. I'm struggling with short exposure times and flat dark images. I'm using a Durst M605 diffuser enlarger with a GE EKG 80W 19V bulb. My print was enlarged at f11 for 5 seconds while using a Ilford Multigrade #4 filter. I'm guessing 3 or 4 seconds would have been a better exposure time but I thought that was quite short especially with a filter already in place. Do extremely short exposure times impact contrast?
Thanks for any tips you might be able to share.
I believe the Durst M605 has a colour head. If you are using a Multigrade 4 filter, does that mean you are using the head with the filtration switched off/zero filtration values and using the 4 filter underneath the lens?