Beginning The Testing Process With Kodak Ektascan B/RA X-Ray Film & D-23 Split Bath Dev
I have been testing Kodak Ektascan B/RA X-Ray film over the last couple of years with a variety of developers (Rodinal, Pyrocat HD, D-76) for the purpose of finding a developer and a method to consistently tame the naturally high contrast of the film, but still find a working balance for my platinum and platinum/palladium printmaking.
I have written about my detailed development process with D-23 and Ilford FP4+ previously, and in these next series of tests, I will be focused on Ektascan B/RA X-Ray film.
FIRST SET OF TESTS
In my initial tests, I will be cutting down some 8x10 X-Ray film for my whole plate camera (6.5 x 8.5). I love this format, and I would much rather cut the less expensive X-Ray film vs. the more expensive black and white sheet film. Plus, I think the X-Ray film is aesthetically a good choice for the classic whole plate format. I have a 11x14 view camera that I would like to use X-Ray film in as well for my platinum printing.
My goal is to be able to consistently produce negatives suitable for my style of platinum and platinum/palladium printing when I want the classic orthochromatic type look. I have a good idea of how I am going to try and control the inherent contrast of the X-Ray film, but also get enough density for my platinum printing needs. If you read my previous article on D-23, you can probably figure out which variables I am going to be manipulating to try and achieve my goal.
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Hi Angus, I am going to be doing my first tests in Divided D-23 and Pyrocat HD using a semi-stand process and also tray develop. I do have and like Rodinal, and depending on what I find with the tests, I may investigate Rodinal too. I will be posting the info here on the blog, so if you are subscribed to the newsletter, you will get the update.
I'd be very interested in what you find. Especially if you are using Rodinal. I have a lot of 14x17 that I'd like to get using in my 14x17 and 11x14 cameras but the high contrast nature of the film makes me hold off for the moment.
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