alex, from my experience, this is a very commoninitial result. i think it has to do with the fact that it is not easy to visualize a Zone III.IT IS MUCH DARKER THAN MOST PEOPLE THINK. JOHN SEXTON AND OTHERS HAve suggested to visualAND FIND A ZoneIV Instead.without testing much,just half your film speed and try again.don't give up. it's not easy but you'll get there,and then, the rewards of the zone system are great.all the best and good luck.