The other night tried to print on some old (at least 25years) Agfa Brovira (see my gallery post-- http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphot...cat=500&page=1 ) that was left in my salvaged/inherited darkroom unrefrigerated. It was stored in the basement and thus at a reasonably stable temperature and high humidity. The paper doesn't seem fogged but it has a distinct ivory hue.
I had two problems. (1) I was using Ilford Multigrade developer at 1+9 and rapid fixer at 1+4. I was experiencing sporadic uneven development even though I was allowing up to three minutes of development time. Every third or fourth sheet had not blotchiness but fuzzy diagonal white streaks that seemed less exposed. And (2) the paper started to exhaust the developer quickly. After ten sheets my standard developing time was underdeveloping for the exposure given. I could print two or three times that for the same volume of developer if I were using Ilford MGFB. During the same session I printed with Tetenal Centrabrom and perhaps I saw fewer white streaks but this problem wasn’t eliminated altogether.
Can anyone diagnose the problem I’m having? Or recommend developers that might work better with this old paper?
I had never printed to bromide or graded paper before and I love its natural cold tone compared to Ilford MG. And the smell... I think I’m addicted. In “The Print,” A. Adams says at one point regarding a photo that he would use Oriental Seagull in place of Brovira. Does this paper (or any modern paper) still give similar results to Brovira?