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Split Grade Printing

Since i set up the darkroom to print for my recent exhibit, I thought I would dive into printing some of my Shorelines series.


Here is an example of split grade printing. You use two filters, one to control highlights and one to control shadow detail.


Making a test print helps you choose what exposure you could use for each filter.


In this can I was printing on Ilford Multigrade IV RC De Luxe Glossy. As it was a very bright day, I decided to choose the highlight & contrast that best matched the scene. The grid above shows that I decided to use a 3 second exposure with the 00 filter for highlight detail & I went with a 15 second exposure for shadow detail. The square I noted above show both exposures and the result.


I could have gone for a much different look, for example a 6 second exposure with the 00 filter would have produced a result where the highlights were more subdued.


You can see that using the split grade printing method really gives you some flexibility in contrast control and creativity over the image.It's all a matter of preference and what you want the scene to look like.

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Taken on February 25, 2012