I’m afraid your problem is not the exposure and/or processing, but your monitor calibration.
Exposure and contrast are fine, so must be the development.
Still, if your expectances are higher, remember these images are only negative scans, not prints or print scans, so this must be the best you can get until you find a place for your darkroom.
Besides, I love your first picture here above: composition and lighting, tones (all) and textures, contrast and mood, everything is beautiful!
In the second one, I totally dislike the central composition and the flat light providing not much textures. But contrast and tones are still there. Would I have chosen, just for the mood, to replace the lake of textures with more grain? - Maybe, but with this subject I cannot be sure. First, I would have changed the composition, and only after I would have looked back into the mood and the technical options to emulate it.
Last edited by phenix; 07-28-2008 at 12:25 AM. Click to view previous post history.
B&W is silver.