My first test print

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  1. oriecat

    oriecat work in progress

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    I need to work on this s'more, but I'm just so happy to finally be working in my darkroom that I just want to share something! I will have a couple more tomorrow, since they are drying right now...

    I need to work on this one more. The detail of the white of the cat's paw isn't coming in yet, but as a whole it's already too dark. I guess I may need to reduce the contrast a little... or just try and burn in the paw and face.

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    Edit for technical info - Nikon 4004, Ilford HP5 400 developed with Ilfosol, printed on Paterson RC Pearl with Arista developer.
     
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    manda instigator of pottymouthedness

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    omg thats gorgeous
    is it M and O?!

    I think thats one of my fave pics of yours Min :heart:
     
  3. Dew

    Dew TPF Noob!

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    it looks pretty good for your first test print ... the cat looks a little brighter than rest ... like u said, maybe a little burning & dodging should do the trick ... otherwise, not bad :D (i would screw it up in a heartbeat :lol: )
     
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    motcon TPF Noob!

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    not sure if you are split filtering or not, so here's a bunch of stuff.

    - if you are split filtering, simply cut a mask around the cat's face and hit it with one more stop of 00 filter

    - if you are not split printing and your filter is 2 1/2 or less, do the same as above

    - if you are not split printing and your filter is 3 or more, cut a mask and hit the cat's face with a stop and a half of 00

    by 'face' i mean paw as well.


    glad to hear that you are sloshing in the chems, orie. nice shot.
     
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    schussey TPF Noob!

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    i think it looks awesome- great contrast
     
  6. oriecat

    oriecat work in progress

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    Thanks for the tips, Will. I didn't use a filter at all on this one, I dashed it out really quick, I didn't even do a test strip... I will work on it properly soon and see what I can do with it...

    Thanks Dew and schussy! Thanks Mand. Yes, that's M&O. :)
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'd be happy if this were my first print! I know you've waited a long time for this, you must be so pumped! Can't wait to see more of your work. :D
     
  8. TheProf

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    Looks like a good start

    You dont need to burn though just print darker to get your hightlight detail in the paw the rest of the print will go really dark but just drop the contrast by 1 or 2 filters once you have the time for the paw.
     
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    motcon TPF Noob!

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    shadow detail will be lost at that point.
     
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    Motcon

    Actually dropping the filter will bring back the shadow detail. Unless the neg is really contrasty or thin this should work
     
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    motcon TPF Noob!

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    shadow detail is unaffected by any filter under 3 1/2.....
     
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    Hmm Ive never heard of that, this is how I have always printed and it works great, this is how I was taught in undergrad and in grad so im pretty sure it works.
     

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