Quote Originally Posted by Aggie
Les McLean also goes into great detail about this in his book. You missed his workshop here in the bay area last Nov. He will be in the Dallas area this Nov. teaching them exactly this kind of thing. If you are able to go, I would highly suggest attending his workshop.

Thanks for the mention Aggie but Lee and I have agrred to hold back the Dallas gig until the spring of next year when I'll be in Philadelphia on other business.

With regard to the problem of printing a thin negative you could try the following techniques:

Use the highest contrast paper grade thet you have but add a small quantity of Part B Lith developer which will increase the contrast of the developer. Start by adding 50ml to 2 litres working dev.

You could also try a method that I use when faced with this problem. Make a test strip again using the highest paper grade you have and decide on an exposure that gives you some decent contrast in any area of the print. Reduce that exposure by up to 50% and develop the print until you reach the desired contrast, this may involve a development time of up to 1hour or even more. What you are doing is similar to film exposure when you under expose and over develop to build contrast in the negative. You are likely to fog the white paper base of the border on the print but you will not fog the actual image.

I know that what I have suggested is unconventional but it does work and if you really want a print from the negative it's worth trying. It has already been suggested that you intensify the negative so use that as a starting point.