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

  • From: "Michael Healy" <emjayhealy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: pure-silver@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 16:28:11 -0700

I think the image originally at stake was shot on Kodak HIE, wasn't it? That 
stuff is the 
biggest crap shoot you could come up with. Forget paying attention to how it's 
developed. That neg is going to hinge on what reflects IR, what time of day it 
was, the 
time of year, the angle, yadda yadda yadda. I agree, though. I would reshoot it 
instead of screwing around at an enlarger. 

It might also be worthwhile to approach the subject at different times of day. 
Or at least 
shoot it from different angles while there. In theory IR works best at the 
height of day, 
but I've shot it at 5 PM at the ocean. Almost toa mere one or two images, 
circling and 
moving in and out, and maybe one single bloody image will come out to your 
liking. Part 
of the trouble here might be the inclination to take a "normal" shooting 
mentality to the 
field with this film. With IR, you see something, you can't just shoot it. You 
need to work 
it. Of course, that goes with ALL shooting in the field. Trebly so with IR. 
Only luck will 
get you a good IR shot if one is all you took of the thing.

It wouldn't hurt to use more than one filter, either. I think a #87 was used? 
That's a 
fantastic IR filter; but so is a #29 red. I might try using each if the image 
seems that 
good. You should get very different results. Then again, with IR, maybe you 
won't, too!


On 21 Sep 2005 at 17:56, Lee Carmichael wrote:

Date sent:              Wed, 21 Sep 2005 17:56:50 -0500
To:                     pure-silver@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
From:                   Lee Carmichael <click76112@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject:                [pure-silver] Re: How do I increase local contrast in my
        shadows when printing?
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> Wouldn't the best way to deal with this problem be to shoot the scene
> again and think about how the film is developed and pay particular
> attention to the tonalities in the scene and how best render to them .
>  We all seem to be just touching the edges of the issue.  If I am not
> mistaken this neg is a 35mm and that would pose huge problems for me
> to create a mask and then register it.  This is not to say that the
> techniques are not valid just maybe not a efficient as needed in this
> instance.
> lee\c

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