I've recently been exploring and testing a variety of different black and white film and developer combinations to use at EI 3200 for my Wild Horses of Missouri fine art prints and I noticed something that took me by surprise. The grain that was produced by each of the film and developer combinations wasn't what I expected across the board and in one particular case, I was really surprised.
I have some 100% 1:1 swatches from three different film and developer combinations below and I am curious if you can properly identify them? I will give you the answer at the very bottom, but don't cheat and look until you have at least tried to identify them.
The film and developer combinations used were: Delta 3200 in Micrphen, Tri-X in Rodinal 1:50 Stand Developed, and Tri-X in Rodinal 1:50 Semi-Stand. In last week's Darkroom Diary update, I shared all of the technical details about these film and developer combinations that you can review.
Film # 1
Film # 2
Film # 3
RESULTS & SUMMARY
The results are as follows: Film # 1 - TriX-3200-Rodinal-Semi-Stand, Film # 2 - Delta-3200-Micophen, and Film #3 - TriX-3200-Rodinal-Stand. I fully expected the grain of the semi-stand to look like the stand method and it was the exact opposite. I was pretty surprised by that.
So, what do you think? Share your comments with me below.
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