I do not have a 4x5 enlarger so last night I just contact printed my first negative
-my 3rd print overall-
I used 3 different contrast filters (split grade)
and used dodge/burn tools which were the same shape of the areas I was working on/excluding (I guess you'd call it a mask)
I have no timer
I have a switch that I have to manually click on and off the enlarger with
I thought it was GREAT! To sit down and plan out the separate steps -of which there were 5
So much better than sitting in front of a computer.
Anyway, I don't think it's too difficult with 4x5 so 5x7 should be that much easier.
I think 5x7 is a nice size. I happen to like smaller prints, though.
I finally understood the fuss over these large negatives
A whole new texture/sharpness and feeling of actual space/of being there ..not just a reproduction of the environment
examining the contact with a powerful loupe I get it
NOW all that's really left is getting to know camera movements better
I'll post my contact print for the heck of it
First 2 are straight prints
First grade 2 and other grade 3 1/2
A little variation in exposure
These were just negative atop paper with tape at corners -Not flat
For the "final" print I forgot the glass so I just taped the negative to the paper which resulted in a bit of loss in some areas on the final print
Developed in straight Xtol
I still have to go back and tweak a bit but it came out well for what I was planning.
I can only imagine an 8x10 contact.
Last edited by sun of sand; 10-30-2007 at 06:57 AM. Click to view previous post history.