Fibre Paper Archival Process - Batch Process

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by Todd Barlow, Dec 18, 2004.

  1. Todd Barlow

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    I have returned to the darkroom after almost 19 years. As I am finishing my darkroom set up and deciding on chemistry & paper I have drafted the process I want to start with and I would like any comments or concerns that you may see.

    Thanks in advance

    Todd

    Batch Process 1
    Develop
    Stop Bath (Water)
    Fix Bath 1 - 30 sec (Ammonium Thiosulfate @ film strength)
    Fix Bath 2 - 30 sec (Ammonium Thiosulfate @ film strength)
    Water Rinse - 5 min (in a tray with a syphon)
    Wash Aid - 3 min
    Water Rinse - 5 Min (in a tray with a syphon)
    Water Holding Bath - (soaking in vertical washer until print session is done)

    Batch Process 2
    Toner - 1-5 min
    Water Rinse - 5 min (in a tray with a syphon)
    Wash Aid - 5 min
    Water Holding Bath - (soaking in vertical washer until toner session is done)
    Water Wash - 60 min (vertical wash 1 complete change after 30 min)
     
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    Your process 1 will take 20 minutes per print give or
    take a minute or two. Your plans are to process only
    one print at a time. Correct? Dan
     
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    Yes, one print at a time, however if I am doing multiple copies of the same negative I would expose a few and when the first ones are in the rinse trays I can develop others.

    I have never tried developing more than one print at a time, I usually do 11 x14's.

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    When the first print is in the first rinse after fix 2, back for
    the next print, sounds reasonable.

    An alternative with multiple copies:
    Lets say 3 min. in the developer and a 1 min. water stop; a
    fresh pint, give or take, of water each print. Then into
    a water holding bath.

    I'm reaching back many years ago when I had occasion to
    batch 8x10s. Starting with the developer I'd put a few through
    at a time. I've now adopted an entirely new methodology;
    one-tray/one-shot processing using very dilute solutions.
    Still a good idea to work efficiently. Dan