Subject - Testing reversal technique on 35mm Tri-X as precursor to using Super 8 Tri-X.
I feel like I'm up against it with Tri-X 35mm. Others get results with simple technique. I'm running a multitude of tests and get nowhere.
QUESTION - Why are my results so flat?
Dektol Liquid 1st dev 1+5 6m, 2nd dev 1+9 3 mins. 0.03g hypo in 1st dev. (0.3g had already started to wash out the film). Foma bleach bath and clearing bath. 8m and 3m.
NB. 4 mins of 1st dev 1+5 was more than adequate to get a solid black when testing negative film.
1st strip 100, 200, 400 ASA.
I started to think that maybe the bleach bath is failing? How would that present itself? Could that account for flat hilights?
Interestingly, I accidentally left a strip of film poking out of the canister before I dev'd this last test strip and it was exposed to daylight. It seems to be clear. In which case is the reversal processing working but the exposure completely out? In that case is the film far too compromised by reversal processing? Is the film losing too much film speed? But remember that Kodak rate Tri-X as 200ASA for Super 8 Reversal film.