Thanks for the replies!
The background IS totally clear on neg, the mid/highs are too clear though (not dense enough)
jp498: Sure, but how will i get that back to my ilford paper?
I have some TT blue toner and TT sulphide toner, will these do? I'm not worried about prolonged archival ability.
It sounds like your film is under-exposed, and possibly also underdeveloped. Under-exposure is the most likely. It is not uncommon for people with cameras to attempt to make a low key image of a normal subject by reducing exposure, it rarely works.
Selenium toning is not the only way to increase contrast in a negative. Sepia toning will increase highlight density 2-3 times as much.
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