[pure-silver] Re: How do I increase local contrast in my shadows when printing?

  • From: Camclicker@xxxxxxx
  • To: pure-silver@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2005 11:08:27 EDT

In a message dated 9/18/2005 10:06:13 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
peter.badcock@xxxxxxxxx writes:

Hi there,
I was printing up a photo tonight, from a roll of 35mm HIE and I have a  dark 
windmill set against a blue sky.  Because I had an R72 (89b) IR  Filter on, 
the blue sky is very dark - which is quite typical of IR  shots.  
The film has already been developed and I am now printing using Ilford MG  IV 
RC pearl paper.  Even if I use a grade 5 filter, I can't seen to get  
sufficient contrast between the dark sky and the windmill blades.  I can  scan 
print in tomorrow if it helps woth suggestions, but without changing  paper 
brands or doing (selenium) toning, is there anything else I could try to  get 
increase in local contrast to make the windmill blades stand out more  against 
the sky? 

There is a whole subject of Split Grade Printing with hundreds  of disciples 
who will, I'm sure, give you specific directions.  Simply  put it is a system 
where you determine your highlight exposure in terms of  contrast and your 
shadow exposure in terms of density.
Your contrast exposure is found using a "0 Grade" filter by step wedge with  
the Yellow filter and then the density ("Grade 5") is applied on top  of the 
contrast exposure with the Magenta filter.  The density  (Magenta) step wedge 
is found on top of the decided upon Yellow  exposure.
As I said, there are many advocates of Split Grade printing, I am just  one 
and I'm sure there are some who will disagree with my explanation, but  that's 
what makes the world go around.
Brooklyn, NY  

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