Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Lindan View Post
Does that mean the tray isn't dimpled or that it is dimpled but the emulsion doesn't touch the dimples?
It means both, really: neither is the bottom dimpled, nor does the emulsion touch it (film is in tray emulsion upward)

I am at the moment not in a hurry to develop the rest of my negs, as the spoiling of the one I scanned in quite frustrated me. I have, however, touched with a wet, gloved hand a clear neg, and the marks of the gloved fingers left recognizably traces with the same pattern. I do think. simply because I have been using this method for a long time without such problems and this was the only change I introduced, that the distilled water made the patches appear. I am currently thinking of leaving the gloves away and just let slip the film into the developer without touching the fluid, and wear gloves only when I take out the film. This should work well if I don't miss the tray in the dark, what I normally don't do.
Thank you all for the answers, anyway.