gma,

There are many methods to get a good print out of split printing. One method that works well with a negative that has a little more than normal contrast is:

1) Using just 00 filter, create a test strip and pick the time that gives you just a little detail in the highlights. Subtract off about 10% from this time. This becomes your 00 filter time.

2) Expose the print with the 00 filter at the time determined from step #1. Then replace the filter with the #5 filter and make a test strip from this. Note that the paper has been exposed to both 00 for the time found at step #1, and different times for filter #5.

3) Examine the print after dry down and pick the time that gives good shadow detail. This becomes your #5 filter time.

When I work out the details of the above method it seems to work well with negative that are a bit on the contrasty side. It turns out the if the negative is rather low on the contrast the recipe will work but the order and filters should be swapped.

Ken