I am continuing, albeit slowly, to dial in my development and exposure times with Pyrocat HD and ilford HP5 and FP4. Now that it is dark when I get home from the clinic, my only opportunity to test with landscape subjects is on weekends. It will not be light in the late afternoon until after the holidays. Testing involves tweaking exposure and development time. Thus far, my negatives have been slightly over-exposed and over-developed. The next round with HP5 will be at ASA 400 and 8 minutes of development, with one agitation cycle every minute. I like my negatives on the thin side, as they provide the best contrast and edge sharpness that way, especially in Pyrocat HD, which is known for very high acutance. I also like the fact that it is much less toxic than PMK Pyro, which I used for years (but always with gloves).
I have a trip planned in mid January to photograph the Badlands, next to the Black Hills in South Dakota. Two days of motel reservations in Wall, which is next to the National Park, will include a spot for Benny to come (where he can keep his ass in the warm car while dad fiddles with large and medium format, Polaroid, and digital. I have been to the Black Hills four times, all in childhood or young adulthood. The Badlands provide a landscape that looks like it came out of a science fiction movie or perhaps Mars. The only thing that would change my plans would be a blizzard, but I will be checking the weather up until departure. Will take off 1/12/2018-1/16/2018. It is about a 12 hour drive across Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota. Will likely photograph Mt. Rushmore, with the presidents in snow as well. I am overdue for an adventure.