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Terry S


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This picture was taken about a month or so ago(?), when we had snow here for a few days, at my local graveyard.


Taken on a Pentax MZ5N, with the kit 28 - 70mm lens and HP5 Plus. The film was developed at ISO 400 in Rodinal, 1 + 25, with minus 20% development.


I decided to use a glossy surface for the print as I thought that it would give the subject a bit of sparkle, even though itís not my favourite surface. I much prefer the matt / lustre papers of late or occasionally pearl, which was my favourite for years. Initially printing on Ilford RC grade 2 1/2, in fresh Ilford chemicals, I got a very flat print that came up looking mid greyish over all the print. I then tried grade 3 1/2 but that was similar but just a bit darker. So, another out of the ordinary decision was called for = a bit of split grade printing. I have read loads on the subject but to date have not tried it out and tested the working methods that I have learnt.


Anyway, after a few prints, I was happy with one, which was exposed for about 2/3 exposure on grade 2 1/2 and 1/3 exposure on grade 5 to bring up some of the shadows.


Overall, itís quite subtle and not my standard type of print as I like lots of contrast in my prints generally but
given the subject and the range of tones in the neg / on the subject on the day, I was relatively happy with the
final print which had a quick wash and was then air dried.
Date: Sat, 28, April, 2012 ∑ Views: 2718
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Mike O'Pray
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Sat, 28, April, 2012 5:51pm

Terry, I imagine this is an almost one colour(grey) all over. The danger has to be an appearance of low contrast and there may be no way round this.


This looks as I imagine it should, given the colour. I often wonder if difficult subjects such as this is a case for the Andrew Sanderson approach of a matrix of split grade squares across the crucial part of the neg which I think is the face


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Terry S
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Sat, 28, April, 2012 9:47pm

Thanks for the comment Mike and I did do similar to what you suggest. BUT, as usual the picture on screen doesn't quite match the print or the scan that I did, with the picture on the forum being slightly darker, especially around the face area.
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