I hope someone can guide me in the right direction on this. I am no chemist. I'm getting nice results, but I have an overall brown tan to my highlights. Not getting any whites. Is this possibly a result of over-development in the 1st developer? Result of a bit of hypo in the developer?
It doesn't appear until the second development. Is this due to my bleach? The purple stain of my bleach does magically vanish in my clearing solution.
Here are my details:
Ilford MGIV RC B&W photo enlarging paper rated at ISO 3
1)Developer Kodak Dektol stock with 3ml of hypo solution for 2:00 minutes
3)Bleach for about a minute
5)Clearing solution for about a minute.
7)Second exposure was done in daylight at sink while clearing and rinsing for only a couple minutes at most.
8)Second developer 15 seconds by inspection
10)Fix (fixer of your choice)
Bleach (2 part stock 1:1 makes very short shelf working. I get several days before it turns from purple to clear):
Part A: 2g Potassium Permangnate to 1000ml water
Part B: 28g Sodium Bisulfate to 1000ml water
30g Sodium Metabisulfite to 1000ml water
Hypo Stock Solution:
32g Sodium Thiosulphate pentahydrate (Hypo) to 1000ml water