[Darkroom] Paper Developer

Lilia Markham liliakai at gmail.com
Mon Nov 15 03:44:05 UTC 2010

 Paper developer was alright last time I used it. Are you using paper from
the one of the big bins in the room? I've found at least one pack in there
that was all bad. Use at your own risk.

If your picture looks under-developed (too light overall, no true black)
then it might be bad developer.

If your picture looks over-exposed (dark and muddy, no true white) and/or if
the unexposed border areas are greyish rather than true white, then it is
bad paper.


On Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 6:58 PM, craig spam <craig.spamy at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey All,
> The saga of my mystery film continues... (Thanks, Lilia for helping me
> develop the film)
> I tried to develop some photos today, but they developed much slower than I
> remember.  Specifically:
> I used a projector exposure of between 30 seconds and 300 seconds at 30
> second increments (revealing small bits of the paper every 30 seconds).
> I then put the paper in the developer marked "Ilford paper dev".
> I expected to see photos begin to develop in 60 to 180 seconds, but it took
> more like 360 seconds and the photos came out with much less contrast than I
> would expect given the high contrast in the negative.
> I'm thinking that the developer is probably all used up, but since it's
> been 10+ years since I've done any of this myself, I thought I'd ask a
> second opinion before I buy some more.  Thoughts?
> Cheers,
> Craig
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