Maybe Off Developer ?
Hi, i seem to have a small prob,
I am shooting B&W and developing my own film and prints.
Included below is a print i made last week, it has a brown tint to it
Any ideas why this is ?
The Ilford developer was given to me and was told it may be off or going.
Maybe this is why. ( i know why the bubble shape lighter shade is there ;) )
If it's a warmtone paper in a warm tone deveoper that's normal, if not it's hard to tell without more details.
Here's an example of a warm tone print against a neutral grey scale.
Here are my Chemicals,
the paper - Kentmere VC Select Fine Lustre Paper
I did make a reply, but it hasn't shown up yet ?
I am using Ilford MG Developer and Ilford Stop Bath and Ilford Rapid Fix.
The Paper is kentmere VC Multigrade. The Film is Kentmere 400 (36exp)
So nothing as far as i am aware of is Warm Tone, all i could think of it the Dev is going off and
does have a slight brown tone in the gallon tub, when made up (1:9) its almost clear in the tray.
All of the pics i have printed have this brown tint.
There is no actual Black and white.
Is the print fully developed by the time given by Ilford or does it require much longer? The paper is OK I take it? What is its age?Try the same neg and printing at different contrasts. If all the prints come out looking similar or the same then the paper may be suspect.
I have had old Kodak paper take on a browness.
The paper is new (2 weeks) but i am reading now that it prints at 1 stop faster than most papers
That info wasnt there when i bought it lol
The image at 1:9 will develop within 15 secs and black within 20 secs
literally if you miss with the tounges or drop it back in the Dev, its ruined.
I weakened the Dev soloution to 1:25 and its slower, but wont goto true black ?
Is this resin coated paper (rc) or fiber based paper (fb). Your developing times seem way off either way. If it is rc paper it should just develop to completion not go black unless you are overexposing by a lot.
Sounds like gross over exposure by a few stops, try stopping the lens down 2 or 3 stops.
They have it right. You're underdeveloping it, so if you develop it further and it's too dark, that means you're overexposing it.
Even though the recommended development time for Muligrade 1+9 is 60 seconds with RC paper, I always go 90 seconds (except for contact sheets, when I'm more interested in speed of the process). Even though the image doesn't obviously change, you get slightly denser blacks and slightly more highlight detail with the extra development.
If and when you graduate to fibre paper, the development time will be even longer.
Thanks for replying :)
How long would you suggest i leave the enlarger light on for
Its a Durst 370 color ?