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    Re: First film ever developed on my own

    Looks fine, Steven.

    Hopefully the first of many.

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    Re: First film ever developed on my own

    Quote Originally Posted by JMO View Post
    I concur with the other encouraging comments here for your first B&W film you've developed. However, re composition, I hope this jpeg image is not the entirety of what your film captured, as it would be nice to see a bit more of the "Traders" banner across the top of the image, and less of the grass in the foreground. For B&W film development, there are lots of threads on this Forum discussing the ins and outs of various developer options and processing details. However, I was advised several years ago, as a newcomer to LF and B&W film development, to start with Kodak's D-76, and I've been happy with it so far. It does well for all of the Kodak films, and Acros too. I also concur with Randy Moe that the real fun is in the printmaking stage - ENJOY.
    I saw the cropped banner and thought same thing. When I was shooting this it seemed to be barely visible, but see own, I want to include it all. The top of bldg is not far above. I was backed up against a bldg as well, but I was zeroed out on shift, so I have lots of that to play with next time.

    Thanks for the input and compliments.

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    Re: First film ever developed on my own

    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    Looks fine, Steven.

    Hopefully the first of many.

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    Thanks!

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    Re: First film ever developed on my own

    Good going Steven! Welcome to the slippery slope of home processing. Let me know when you want to do color...

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    Re: First film ever developed on my own

    That's a great job!! Also quite a challenge to do a night shot with reciprocity as your first dev!!!

    Keep 'em coming!
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    Re: First film ever developed on my own

    I use(d) HC-110 for developing all my acros 4x5 and the 5x7 that I hacked down from 8x10. Can't give you the exact dilution or time I used as never use a timer or do the math exactly, But I think I was somewhere close to 7-8 minutes using dilution H. I'd always mix a big jug of the stock solution and then dilute that around 1 to 15. I always found dilution B overdeveloped for me. Remember you've got that annoying corner hole in acros so usually good to move tripod back a foot or two after you decide on composition.

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    Re: First film ever developed on my own

    I will have to check out that corner hole. Didn't know
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