This category is really slow, and this post teeters on the brink of useless, but what the Hell...

Last week I was making a couple 5x7 Pt/Pd prints, and I hadn't made any test strips. Needless to say the prints were both way overprinted. I developed the first one to a lovely pure charcoal color. I notice, however, that as I poured the developer in, a drop of water hit the print and immediately bleached the crap out of it. I would have been irritated if the print wasn't already complete junk, but remembering that second print, I thought, "Ah ha..."

Sure enough, when I poured water on the second print, it bleached rapidly (how does one dilute water?). So in a span of about 10 seconds I poured the water on, poured it out and poured the developer on. It actually worked to kind of rescue the print, but with an interesting effect. The print's contrast is considerably higher than should be, and all the maxiest dMax values are grained out like the print is from a 35mm 3200 ISO enlargement. Well, maybe not quite that bad... Interestingly the mid-tones (well, what's left of them after bleaching) don't show nearly as severe an effect.

Such are the ramblings of an idle mind...