[Darkroom] Paper Developer

Lilia Markham liliakai at gmail.com
Mon Nov 15 06:04:56 UTC 2010

The ilford stock is liquid and is located in a very large white jug at the
back of the shelf with all the chemicals. Read the label for instructions.
IIRC it's 1 part dev  to 9 parts water, but don't take my word for it.


On Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 8:34 PM, craig spam <craig.spamy at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
> Cheers,
> CraigB
> 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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