Another rainy day, perfect for spending some time in my darkroom. I have decided to work on a few negatives at a time trying to get the best possible result.
I use a Kaiser enlarger with a 50mm rodenstock lens and a multigrade contrast head attached. I have earlier tried the concept of splitgrade printing, and I have decided to continue to follow that path.
The print I have been working with today is a Tmax 100 negative from 2015 developed in Rodinal - showing the view from Skagen old light house.
The first step was to make a test strip with filter 0 followed by filter 5 - both in increments of 5 seconds. I decided to settle for 10 seconds with both filters, followed by 10 seconds with filter 5 burning in the sky. It issuing to be interesting though if the final print will be too dark when it dries up.
Paper size was 18 x 24 cm. Lens was stopped down to f:8. Paper was Adox MCP 312 (Pearl RC paper), developed in Adox MCC developer.
I must say I was a bit curious then reading at Stockholmviews.com the the sharpness of the Canon 8800f flatbed scanner can be improved a lot by placing the negative directly on the scanner glass plate. And yet even better when taping the negative to the bottom of the glass plate (inside the scanner)! I have not tried to place the negative inside the scanner itself, but this morning I did some comparative tests with one negative using the OEM film holder and the glass plate. I find similar results as S.R that better sharpness are achieved using the glass plate directly.
After trying this, I remembered that Canon did indicate that they recommend that the negatives are scanned emulsion side up (I would normally do it with the emulsion side down). Then the two methods are even closer (but still with the better result with the negative directly on the glass plate.
Har fotograferet solsikker idag og det er det kommet meget forskellige resultater ud af. Det ene er digitalt (xpro-1 w. 35/1.4) og det ended er polaroid scan (RZ67 w. 110/2.8 and Fuji FP100c film). Resultaterne er meget forskellige - jeg har min favorit..