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dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
28 May 2020 6:43PM
The contact sheet is interesting - they are always revealing, though it has a downside, in that each of these frames would be worth seeing larger...

Maybe you could add big square versions of each? I hope...
28 May 2020 7:00PM
Thanks for taking the time to comment as always, John. One of the many downsides/inconveniences to this pandemic (just speaking for myself) is that I'm unable to get to a decent scanner. Contact sheets provide a glimpse into what I'd like to print in the darkroom. As I'm looking through the images, I'm trying to decipher which one I should print. Which one captures my attention for more than a few seconds? That's the one I'm going to print. I also try to imagine how much effort it's going to take to print. Is there a lot of dust on the negative? Will there be too much dodging and burning involved? Unfortunately, I don't currently have access to a darkroom. I'd love to be a bit frustrated by the process of making old fashioned B&W prints in the lab.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
28 May 2020 11:04PM
Thanks for that response - I understand entirely!

I tend to take a darkroom too lightly, as I've had one that I built myself for 30 years, and it's definitely still operational.

A thought on dust: I find it's far more of a problem with scans than darkroom prints - I don't know why. And dealing with small light areas on a silver print is pretty easy - even a fountain pen with a fine nib and black ink will make a reasonable job of things, and a really fine brush and photo dye is almost as little trouble as spot healing.

My guess is that these will print nicely: a bit of burning in round the edges, maybe, hold back the eyes to get bright whites. But I tend to go for simple in printing, as I do in digital processing.

Good luck, Hem. Beautiful work, as usual.

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