In contrast to the b&w system, where negative and receptive layer are apart, in the colour films negative layer and receptive layer are on the same film. After processing by means of the counter-film and pod, the negative is peeled off with the counter-film, leaving the receptive layer with the filter grid.
In your case a DTR process must have taken place in your process. As you got a somewhat readible positive, the negative must have come off during processing. There was a split-off layer on the camera film to get the negative layer released via the counter-film. This must have released the negative layer in your processing.
See also this post of mine:
To explain what has happened in your processing, I assume that you did not use a stop-bath.
In that case at the beginning of the fixation process there was a period where both, developer and fixer, were active. Maybe you even used a neutral or alkali fixer, which would have prolonged physical development in the receptive layer.
Last edited by AgX; 03-14-2009 at 01:20 PM. Click to view previous post history.