Walter Glover wrote:A respectful shot of a powerful structure. The magnified view and detail in the masonry reveals that the darkroom skills are equally spectacular.
Thank you Walter, however the darkroom skills were in this instance a negative scan. I have made a print, on 30x40cm paper some time ago, but I cannot scan that. The scan shown here is different than the print, mainly because it is transmitted light as opposed to reflected; they always look different.
The negative was processed in a Jobo processor using D76 1:1, I happen to know that the developer was around 3 months old, which makes a positive difference over fresh developer. Exactly what is different between fresh D76 and older D76 is a subjective point; but one that I happened upon maybe 25-30 years ago. It is the closest thing to D76 that is in a replenished dip and dunk tank that I used at my work all those years ago.
I really was lucky that everything came together, when it could so easily have gone wrong. Being rushed is normally not a good thing with view cameras, but when in the groove; so to speak, one can sometimes win.
By the way, that negative just screamed, "look at me", even when it was still hanging up to dry. Apart from spotting, it was a dead straight print. All I had to do was, crop, adjust contrast, get correct density, then hit the timer button.