Since reading about acutance and it's effect on sharpness I have been pleasantly pleased with using a Caffenol CL formula in a semi-stand manner. I have found that this has given me nice crisp negatives that scan very nicely. Whilst working on an image taken yesterday of Venford Dam spilling water I was surprised when spotting to notice what has actually happenned to my negatives which were processed to acheive the increased acutance effect. I was a bit unsure at first, but have since looked at some other negatives which have similar high contrast situations and the result is much the same. I then looked at some of my recent 5x7 negatives (these are constant rotation processed due to their size) and these do not exhibit this effect.
So, the questions are, is high acutance a good thing or bad? As an effect, can it be overdone to the detriment of the image?
This is a 100% crop of the high contrast edge of my Dam image here