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Chemistry, Format: Film, Photo, Pointers, Tips
2012-03-01 (Thursday, week 09) at 20:51
2012-06-05 (Tuesday, week 23) at 20:02
I have come to the conclusion that the more you agitate, as in frequency and intensity, the more grain you will generate.
From what I’ve read all over the place (the net) the grain adding actions/facts you have are:
1. Warmer developer (adds activity),
2. More concentrated developer (adds activity)
3. Prolonged development (adds contrast and grain)
4. More agitation (grain)
5. Higher film sensitivity (grainier)
6. Underexposure (grain)
From 3+6 you can understand why pushing film creates more grain.
Why not try at least one Tri-X roll in 1:50 and my "standard" agitation: slow swirling the first 30 seconds (as tank lid goes on), then one turn upside and a swirl-back and no more per every two minutes. Might be interesting to see with even less agitation.
Remember to "hit" the tank enough to release any air-bubbles as you agitate.
What I’m trying to say is that you need to pay attention to HOW you developed your film – to get some clues on why you get a certain result. Among other things: Harsh sloshing will affect the result.
Examples of T-max 400 in Fomadon R09. – Might be this isn’t entirely comparable, but it *is* fairly fast film.
Also take notice of the notes on the agitation on these saying once per FIVE minutes in 1:80 dilution.
As you scan the negs – I assume you do that – make sure to turn of sharpening in the scanner software; that is a task where to use PC software – nothing else. You need to read up on how to do it in a sensible manner – this is part of the ‘darkroom work’ of the digital age.
If you wish to have good result, there is no way around it.
2013-08-06 (Tuesday, week 32) at 16:36
Tri-X (above is Tmax)
Pulling Tri-x, -> @ 200: Dev 8 mins in D76 1dev+1water @ 20deg C
2013-08-07 (Wednesday, week 32) at 08:31
+ Ascorbate / Ascorbic Acid + Sodium Carbonate
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