[Darkroom] Paper Developer

craig spam craig.spamy at gmail.com
Mon Nov 15 04:34:17 UTC 2010

Hi Lilia,

I tried paper from two different boxes in/around the big bins in the
darkroom.  The part of the paper that I did not expose to light was totally
white.  I suspect that this means that it has not been exposed to light.
 From your description, I suspect it's bad developer.

Now that I think about it a bit harder, I should probably check if the
developer (in powder form) is on the shelf before I get more.  Le sigh.


On Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 7:44 PM, Lilia Markham <liliakai at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
> -Lilia
> 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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