High dilution LPD developer

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by Lee Shively, Nov 26, 2004.

  1. Lee Shively

    Lee Shively Member

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    I've only used LPD developer at 1:3 and 1:4 dilution and it's been satisfactory with all the papers I've tried. I like warm-tone images. I remember reading somewhere (maybe here) that it can be used at much higher dilutions. I'm wondering what the benefits are in using it highly diluted and what dilutions are recommended.
     
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    I tried it with some crazy dilutions like 1:25 once with Forte Polywarmtone. Just seems that the further you dilute it, the more it shifts from black to a lighter brown tone. The one that I used at the really diluted end took like 10 minutes to develop is really soft in contrast, and really light brown. I didn't do any adjusting on exposure or print contrast when I ran these series though, I just figured a good exposure for 1:4, and then just kept making prints and adding water to the mix after every print to get a general idea how it effects the look at higher dilutions. Might be able to do some really pretty things with it if you actual put some effort into it. I didn't since the tones I was getting at 1:4 was what I was looking for.
     
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    I use the 1:9 dilution quite often and really like it. It is a very long lasting developer and can give cool to warm tones depending on the dilutions. Here is a photograph I posted not too long ago in the gallery section where I used the 1:9 dilution.

    Ethol LPD 1:9
     
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    I reported a while back on my results on this.
    I started with 1+3 dilution, and after filling my 1/2 bottle I had some left so I jusgt added water.
    I ended up with a 1+25 dilution, which wordked really nice with Ilford MG WT, much nicer browner images, and they toned differently in selenium than the ones developed in 1+3.