Taken a while, but there it is.
Larry, the printer, has something like 40 years of experience. Spending some time in the darkroom with him is an amazing education. In an hour i at least managed to learn how little i know…
Can’t help but conclude that the real artists are the printers, and the rest of us are just button mashers!
Anyway, i’m going to stick with Ilford Delta 400 Pro pushed to 1600 in DD-X. That large strip is something like 50cm, and looks great. Really smooth grain, and a great tone. How much of that is down to the printing i don’t really know… i got asked some fairly complicated german questions about what i wanted to see in the print, and maybe didn’t answer all of them correctly. What i think i asked for was slightly lower contrast, and richer tone. Which some how maps to longer exposure of the paper at a smaller aperture… or maybe i have that backwards?