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    Lots of grain, lots of contrast

    Most people who visit this forum try to have images as sharp and finely grained as possible.

    I have a I want to photograph a fish with prominent scales on tabletop. I would like the final print to look a little bit like a woodblock or linoleum print. Does anyone have suggestions for lots of grain and lots of contrast?

    David

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    Re: Lots of grain, lots of contrast

    shoot 35mm eastern europe 400 film
    bracket from 2 under to 2 stops over
    overdevelope 50% in HC 110
    try to find a frame you can print thru

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    Re: Lots of grain, lots of contrast

    You might also move the negative from hot water to ice-cold water to cause reticulation.
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    Re: Lots of grain, lots of contrast

    look for some tech pan film
    and shoot it at 200 and process it in print developer ..
    hmm that will give you contrast but no grain ...

    nevermind ...
    Last edited by jnanian; 4-Oct-2009 at 16:56.

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    Re: Lots of grain, lots of contrast

    Overexpose HP5 then semi-stand in Rodinal.

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    Re: Lots of grain, lots of contrast

    Tri-X in Rodinal, shaken like a martini might do it. I don't know what format you're using but Ilford 3200 pushed to 6400 in Rodinal or PMK would surely give you lots of grain. Contrast is the easy part. Jusy over develop a bit. I've seen Tri-X pushed to 12,500 but it's been so long ago I can't remember how it looked.

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    Re: Lots of grain, lots of contrast

    You might want to try Lith printing.

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    Re: Lots of grain, lots of contrast

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    Re: Lots of grain, lots of contrast

    I was going to suggest Lith printing, but ic-racer beat me to it. I don't have any experience, but just got Tim Rudman's book, The World of Lith printing which has many fine examples of extreme grain.
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    Re: Lots of grain, lots of contrast

    In Photoshop just adjust the curve for the contrast you want, then the noise filter for the grain you want. If you don't use Photoshop take it to a lab that does and tell them what you want. That way you don't lock yourself into a negative that may or may not print like you want it to print.
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