The photograph is a quick photo with my cellphone of a roughly 13cm by 18 cm print I made.
The print was made with a darkroom enlarger from a HP5 film strip on a photographic paper. The elephant in the room: Is it high quality?Whateverthat means ... .
For me as I shoot also digital, I was never satisfied with how a converted black and white image looked after a digital conversion no matter the software used. I found that the file lacked contrast and any real black and white gradation. I am comparing shots made with Canon 650D and/or Fuji X-E2. On both the lens used are quite high grade in terms of quality standards.
But this might be another topic. I found that these digital conversion stared falling apart (artifacts, banding and others) when the file was pushed beyond a certain level ... Normally these are two stops or more on specific areas of the photograph. The relevation came as I scanned a more then 100 year print and I saw that the image quality was far superior then I could produce. Resolution: HP5 plus is rated at 100 lp/mm this in turn as a film resolving power equates to aprox 33 MPixels not taking in account the pixel level gradation (14bit, 16bit). I should stop the debate here because there are many factors in place to be able to equate these technologies.
For my personal taste, if I chose to print a black and white photograph (although this has to be planed before the fact), I would do it in wet process as I find it net superior to most consumer level printing or digital capture devices. Although the photograph attached it is not retouched you can clearly see the amount of detail it contains. More about of my workflow in future posts.