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Old 12th May 2009, 08:41 AM
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Default Developing times and thin negs.

I have uploaded 2 HIE shots in my IR Gallery. I developed the film in ID11 (1+1) for 13 mins. While the negs have good detail they are very thin. I just wonder if I curtailed my dev. time would the negs have more body?
Both shots were taken over the May Bank Holiday.
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Old 12th May 2009, 09:35 PM
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Vincent,

Curtailing development would surely make the negs thinner?

Increasing development time would create more density but also increase contrast. Perhaps the film has lost speed and requires a longer exposure?
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I would go with increasing the exposure. the few times I used HIE I bracketted and found the longer exposures more usable. More development would make an already high-contrast film almost 'soot & whitewash' IMHO.

The trouble is, HIE is now too rare to experiment with much now.

The images in you IR album are fantastic, so you must be doing something right!

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From your image specs you seem to be uprating the film too much. I normally stick to 400 iso or 320 iso and even then bracket 1 stop either side in tricky conditions. If there is a lot of sun about, say all day stuff with hardly a cloud, and in the hot mid summer months, rating the film up to 800 iso would probably be a good idea but I have only ever done this a few times in many years of using the film. If your are out in normal type conditions I would stick to 320 iso or 400 iso. Winter conditions go down to 200 iso and bracket.

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Thanks guys, I think I might rate the film at 400 and backet either side by 2/3rds of a stop and see how it goes. I usually get a printable neg at the 400 asa setting anyway.

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Kodak`s latest times for HIE are 8.5 minutes in stock D-76 which I find too short to provide good contrast. My time is 11 minutes in stock solution at 20*C. You could try 15 minutes at 1+1, but HIE is one of the few films that I actually prefer to develop in undiluted developer.
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Vincent - I guess the red filter you are using has some bearing as well and could be contributing to some under exposure. But if you have shadow detail in the areas you metered then exposure isn't the issue it must be development.

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