The positive negative
Just want to share the first glimpse here.
I've now processed several batches of black and white 4x5" sheet film and I'm euphoric. Almost everyone looks nice. And that feels good because a lot of the exposures are from poor light conditions with long times. If you have experience shooting film you know that calculating correct shutter time for long exposures can be a struggle since you always have to compensate for the reciprocity effect. But all negatives so far look good. They seem to have a balanced tonality - not too hard and not too soft. And the reason for that is something that you really can't be a 100% sure of until you have the final result (the developed negative) in your hand. That is the combination of correct exposure settings and an accurate development process.
So the major part of the processed negatives seem to have a lot of information both in the shadows and highlights. I took a snapshot with my mobile just to show you. This negative is from an exposure late at night and it looks thin in the shadows (the light parts of the negative) but if you view it with a loupe you see that there is information there. The conditions during the session was a landscape that got darker rapidly and the exposure time was set to 15 seconds.
Next up is the results from the first preview scan with my crappy old Epson. Trying to decide what negatives to choose for high-quality scans.
Best wishes, Andreas.