Quote Originally Posted by Les McLean
Tmax was the only film that failed, the negatives were extremely under developed but the other 5 rolls produced very printable negatives.

As a result of this experiment I reached the conclusion that exposure was the most important.
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BUT..... you say the other 5 rolls produced very printable negatives; that is not the same as an "expressive" negative.

I believe you can develop a negative in swamp water and get a printable negative but not the EXPRESSIVE negative you mentioned. No, with less than an 'expressive' negative you will print a less than 'expressive' print. And no special printing abilities will produce an 'expressive' print without the negative.

I remain that they are of equal importance and not mutually exclusive.