Exploring Magpie Mine Magpie Mine in the Peak District is a disused lead mine, one of five on the site which is enclosed by a stone wall. The other four shafts are known as Great Red Soil, Horsesteps, Maypit and Dirty Red Soil. Magpie Mine was opened in 1740 and closed in 1958. It was…
Steve, I am very much in favour of your photographs. And I agree: Silvermax is a good choice. Last weekend I gave a role – exposed @50 ASA and developed in Silvermax for N-1 – a trial in order to get rid of buring & dodging skys and shadows. I also used preexposure of the negatives to bring up the shadow details.
So density curve turned out to be quite flat and looking at my negatives I had no good feeling for printing them. But surprisingly tonality was even better and the whole scene from white clouds to shadows under trees could be printed on one paper grade without any efforts. Moreover I did some shots of a colour map and found that grey tones of colours showed much more difference as you receive with normal exposure and development.
So Silvermax has much more to offer using pushing, pulling or pre-exposure.
I see a good chance Silvermax and it’s creator Adox will stay in the market for some years to come, especially because here in Germany there is a little renaissance in analogue photography.
Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment, Ruediger! I’m pleased your first trial with Silvermax has gone well! Regards, Steve