Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/05/10

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Subject: Re: HCB
From: Charles E. Dunlap <>
Date: Fri, 10 May 96 12:39:05 -0700

I'd like to thank Laurent Saminadayar for his informative, entertaining, 
and detailed post. I'm sure it will generate questions from many of us, 
and I'd like to post mine here so any reply can be shared with all.

When looking at original prints of Cartier-Bresson's (at A Gallery for 
Fine Photography on Royal St. in New Orleans--a wonderful place if you 
ever visit) I noticed that although they were enlarged quite a bit 
(16x20"), the grain was soft and hardly noticeable. Is this just a result 
of the particular paper and enlarger used (the Omega?--with what lens?) 
or is there a technique employed to smooth out the grain?

Secondly, I'm sure we'd all like to hear a little more about the exposure 
and development of Tri-X. Is the film treated as 400 ASA and underexposed 
by a 1/2 or whole stop? Or is it found to be closer to 200 ASA in your 
experience and exposed as if it were 400 ASA? For development what 
developer/time/temp/agitation are used? Any such details will be of great 

Thanks again for taking the time to write about these things. I hope your 
WE has been or is enjoyable.


Charles E. Dunlap
Earth Sciences Dept.
University of California
Santa Cruz, CA 95064