Two images of the same subject. One is a straight scan from the negative with ‘auto levels’ applied in Picasa. The other (the featured image) is a photographic print on fibre based paper. I reversed the negative when making the print so the image would read ‘correctly’ i.e from left to right and printed with a middle grade filter (2 1/2).
The more printing I do the more it becomes apparent that my scanned images are coming out with much less contrast (but lots of detail) than a print from the negative made at normal contrast. To get my print to look like the scan I would have had to print at grade 1 or maybe even softer.
My quest now is to try to maintain the contrast I’m getting when printing (at a middle grade) but to improve shadow detail (at the same grade)
So…. I’m going to try rating my film at half box speed and continue to develop normally (for ‘contrasty’ scenes) and see what happens.
West Cumbria, UK, March 2013