11 Feb 2012
In order to save water I have changed my print wash procedure. Instead of using a circulating wash after fixing a print I place it in a tray of stagnant cold water until I am done with a set of prints than move them to a circulating water wash. As the prints are resting in the tray of water I agitate them each time a print is added. The following are my observations, and I am looking for some explanation.
1. The tray of stagnant water becomes increasingly purple with every print that is added. This happens with both RC and FB.
2. If an RC print is left in the tray without agitation I see purple "wisps" flowing off the surface of the print.
3. It is about the same color as the antihalation dye in some films.
4. What are the possible effects of this purple complex on the print?
Any ideas on what is going-on here.