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Heat, D76, Tri-X, Burgers


It’s been hot here, into the upper nineties and hotter for a week until last night. D76 isn’t great at high temperatures. Something about one of the developing agents working faster than the other, and the contrast builds quickly above 72F even if you adjust your times. It had been a while since I’d used D76, and I’d forgotten this if I’d ever known it. I’d also forgotten how smeary it can make Tri-X look. Not a sharp combo, particularly not compared to a film like TMY2 in XTOL or Tmax developer. Sharpness isn’t everything, but it’s something, and when also aren’t getting great shadows, it’s hard to love D76 as a 35mm developer.

But the burgers were good . . .

  1. I always had the same problem with D-76 in the summer – gets too contrasty and the highlights drop out. The sharpness issue is why I like Rodinal better with Tri-X.

    From the decor, I would guess Five Guys? Good burgers.


  2. With Rodinal, at least you know there is going to be grain, and what grain you get will be sharp edged. And yes, Five Guys. Bacon burger with pickles, grilled onions, and jalapenos.

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