Bruce, I really love your work! My question is this. I am getting back to printing. I have a Omega d5xl emlarger with a v54 cold light tube. I am wondering if I should invest in the VC papers vs the graded papers. Which in your opinion yield better result with gallery presentation in mind. Thank You, Dan
Hi Bruce, Id like to use Rodinal 1:100 on TMax 100 8x10 film with a Jobo 3005 tank. Ive used Tmax RS developer before but have repeatedly seen streaking across the darker areas (especially the sky). I figure a more diluted developer may resolve this issue as once the developer is poured in, the diluted amount may not affect results as much. Can you recommend starting times for Rodinal at the dilution above at constant agitation? Regards, Shailendra
Hi Bruce, I have a question about using a Toyo 4x5 camera with Ilford HP5 Plus Black and White Film. I am photographing two subjects in different Lighting situations for a Large Format Class and not sure of correct exposures for both. One is a Chef at a restaurant and the other is a Radio D.J. I have tried to ask my professor for the advice, but he makes me feel dumb for asking such a question. I hope you will be able to help me with my dilemma. Thank you, Marie A.
Hello Bruce, What confuses me in your manual is normal negative development and how you think of this when you are place an object on a zone prior to exposure. You say that normal development is the amount of time needed for each zone to reach its proper density level. Thus if you meter something as a Zone VI in the field, it should print as Zone VI, yes? But your actual field procedure is to meter something as say Zone VI, but it will print (using normal development) as Zone VII since you halved the film speed. So my question: When you meter something are you saying to yourself Im metering it as zone x but I know its really a zone y. Seems an awkward way to do zone placement so I must be misunderstanding something. Thanks! Joe
Bruce, My question is this am I missing something by not doing my processing at 68 degrees. Do the chemicals behave any better at that temp?? Would I get better prints or negatives with a cooler lets active developer?