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    Dang it all to h*e*double L!!

    I just processed some 4x5 sheets of Ilford FP4+ and guess what?!!? There's nothing there! Nothing! ZIP! Zilch All I have are 6 perfectly clear sheets of film with a slight purple cast to them. I have flubbed developing on occasion but I at least got SOMETHING on the film.

    I used HC-110 dilution B and processed for 6 minutes.

    Any ideas on what went wrong??

    Thank you in advance for the help. I'm going to go somewhere and stomp my feet alot

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    Maybe your shutter didn't fire? Or you left the lens cap on? I'm not taking the rise, but we've all made mistakes.


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    Shutter problem? Sheets loaded upside down? You must have focused with the lens cap off, so I think we can rule that one out. Forgot to pull the darkslide six times? Left the shutter set at the fastest speed when you meant to use B or a longer speed? Switched fixer and developer? Forgot to add the HC-110 to the water?
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    if you fix the film first then develop it will do that too.

    dil b for 6 min should give you an image I agree you did something wrong

    Check Andy's post too and did you pull out the darkslide? This is a big favorite of mine. try it again and then report bact on your findings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
    <snip>Forgot to add the HC-110 to the water?
    Been there, done that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobfowler
    Been there, done that...

    Haven't we all!

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    At least that one is reversible if you notice the graduate full of HC-110 syrup before getting to the stop bath or the fixer.
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    Jeez! I don't know WHAT happened. I mean, I have forgotten to pull the dark slide plenty of times. But I've realized, cursed, and fired again. It couldn't be a shutter problem because I used at least two different lenses... My gosh... is it possible that I confused the.... wait a minute... what if I added WAY too much HC-110? A quick look at this page will reveal what I think I did... I mixed for the Euro version.

    Is that the culprit??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digidurst
    Jeez! I don't know WHAT happened. I mean, I have forgotten to pull the dark slide plenty of times. But I've realized, cursed, and fired again. It couldn't be a shutter problem because I used at least two different lenses... My gosh... is it possible that I confused the.... wait a minute... what if I added WAY too much HC-110? A quick look at this page will reveal what I think I did... I mixed for the Euro version.

    Is that the culprit??
    I don't think so because the result of having way too much HC110 would be over development. You probably would have gotten mostly black negs, not clear.

    I don't have anything more to add to the other ideas. Seems pretty strange.

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    If you have perfectly blank sheets two things could have happened.

    1-no light got to the film.
    2-SOme how fix happened or developer did not make it to the film.

    If you diluted wrong there would still be at least a ghost of an image.

    Honestly chalk it up as a mistake and move on. For every mistake I have made I have learned to pay closer attention to what I am doing. At this point I actually talk to my self. my dad-shooting partner-says I act like his OCD kids at times. He teaches nothing but Emotional/behavior Disorder kids so he should know.
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    So, I think the "greats" were true to their visions, once their visions no longer sucked. Ralph Barker 12/2004

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