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    Quote Originally Posted by David Brown View Post
    John: I'd like to help, but all my negs are perfect ...
    I like this answer

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    I had a problem last night but I can't show a picture. I developed two films using my own home made developer. Part a and part b to mix.
    What did I do ? I twice took part a, I left the akali out. Did I boil over.

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    Problems I have had, have usually been because of

    1. Not testing film speed vis-a-vis my style of shooting
    2. Not doing a test batch with a new developer or dev-fix combo.

    Have since learnt not to proceed further without either. No substitute for testing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew B. View Post
    Like putting sheet film in backwards...? Ya, I've done that...;(
    In my experience, you need to do 20 things right just to get a LF printable image. Putting the film in the right way is one of them. I always did 18-20 of those things. And not always the same 18-20 ...
    It takes a big dog to weigh a ton.

    I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.

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    Into every life a little rain must fall....

    Simon ILFORD Photo / HARMAN technology Limited

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon R Galley View Post
    Into every life a little rain must fall....

    Simon ILFORD Photo / HARMAN technology Limited

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    The issue with threads like this is that although there may be some good suggestions that come, many of the replies (including this one), will not really be of help to someone trying to troubleshoot their issues. What would be good is if someone could curate the suggestions and create a document which could be placed somewhere like this to serve as a reference.

    A suggestion oh how to determine between two mistakes that can lead to film coming out clear (both of which I have done):

    If there are edge markings on the developed film, but no images, was the lens-cap on when you shot the roll?
    If there are no edge markings did you process in the order fixer, stop, develop rather than develop, stop, fix?

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbromaghin View Post
    Well, to save you the trouble, I can scan the roll I processed in fixer.
    I have never done that...
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    the horenstein book, basic balck and white photography
    has a photographic problems image index ...
    Quote Originally Posted by Mark_S View Post
    The issue with threads like this is that although there may be some good suggestions that come, many of the replies (including this one), will not really be of help to someone trying to troubleshoot their issues. What would be good is if someone could curate the suggestions and create a document which could be placed somewhere like this to serve as a reference.
    Agreed. Getting back to john's original quest: Many basic B&W photography books had such example pages. I found this on Google books:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=w0X...ooting&f=false

    I think John was asking not so much for a "mistakes I've made in the darkroom" thread (actually there has already been one of those), but pictorial examples.

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    What you need is an Errors gallery and people who make the same mistake post their image in under the same heading. So you may get 10 examples of scratched film etc.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

    Francis Bacon

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