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Old 13th January 2021, 09:00 PM
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Default Need a harder print than Grade 5 ?

I am trying to do a high key series of prints and have need to try of a harder print than G5 will give me.

I am using Ilford MGFB paper with Ilford MG Dev at 1+5 for 3.5 mins (the print seems to reach finality at 3 min - so a bit longer for print to print consistency).

Has anyone any suggestions ?

One of my own was to consider trying to mix my own Beers Two Sol'n variable contrast developer and mixing up the developer to a high contrast solution.

Any thoughts/experiences with this ?

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Old 13th January 2021, 10:45 PM
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Hi Martin, have you thought about negative intensification in order to boost contrast?

I haven't tried it myself but it could offer an effective solution to your problem.

Personally, I find condenser enlargers add a 1+ contrast grade, if that option is available to you.
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You may combine the following things:
- use a grade 5 filter combined with maximum magenta filtering
- use a high contrast developer. If using your usual dev, dilute it as less as possible.
- shorten the exposure and lengthen the developing time as long as possible
- Increase contrast of the negative by Selen toning

Combining all of this you should gain at least one grade.
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