Originally Posted by Chinasaur
To help people provide you advice, post examples of what you like vs what you think didn't turn out...and then describe what you were seeking. Given those data points, the experts will be able to steer you to what you need/seek.
That's a great suggestion. Here are a few pictures from recent film developments. They all have been scanned with Coolscan V ED w/ Vuescan, straight from the scanner without any Photoshop work.
1) Neopan Acros 100 in D-76 [1+1], 11:45 min @ 66F.
It seems to me that contrast is fine... or could it be stronger / have more contrast?
2) Arista Premium 100 in D-76 [1+1], 10:00 min @ 65F.
The tone in this one is flat. I could use curves to change that in Aperture, but I am very interested in knowing how (or if) using 65F is affecting development results.
3) Acros 100 in D-76 [1+1], 13:00min @ 65F.
Same comment as (2) above. The tone is quite flat, but the colors of the actual subject may have much to do with it.
4) TriX 400 in D-76 [1+1], 10:45 @ 65F.
Like (1), I suppose this one turns out OK, but perhaps could be more contrasty?
5) Acros 100 in D-76 [1+1], 11:45 min @ 66F.
Of all the samples picked, this is the strongest, in terms of tone and contrast. What gives? It was a sunny day, but my friend was in the shades. Is there anything I can do during film processing to reliably influence contrast? Many pictures posted by other RFFers have great looking contrast. Is it mostly Photoshop work like adjusting curves? Or something "analog" that they do?