Nick Zentena said:I think I read some place to try using less then perfect negatives and so I've been using some high contrast ones. 10x normal exposure? I've sort of settled on 3 stops. Any more then that and the Agfa goes black. Looking at all the bad Agfa prints I'm starting to believe the problem is how I've been agiating. The Forte prints are only 5x7 and the paper reacts slower so maybe that's why I'm only seeing the problem with the 8x10 Agfas.
Nick Zentena said:I had a chance to try it again today.
1st print I forget to prewash the paper. Went straight into the developer before I remembered it. Pulled it out after a few seconds and soaked it. Then into the developer again. I don't know if the print was underdeveloped or if the developer is too weak now. I'm leaning towards weak developer. 15 + minutes in the developer.
With me screwing up the first print I exposed a second while I was developing the first. When I went to pull it off the easel I noticed it was on top of the blades not under. @$#$@. Prewash then into the developer. Nothing. For almost 30 minutes. I think I put the paper on the easel upside down. @#$#$@#. It finally came up but was very light.
While this was going on I exposed a third sheet. Gave it an extra stop of exposure. With 20+ minutes in the developer it wasn't any darker then the first print.
I'm going to dump half the developer and replace it.
Well at this rate a box of paper will last the all of next year-)
Nick Zentena said:I've been using Kodak D-9 developer
that I mixed myself.
Nick Zentena said:The stock solution has a lot of bromide.
But I'm using it 1:1:8. That brings the bromide level down quite a bit.
With fresh developer the stuff was too fast even at that dilution.
When I've replenished all I've added is more hydroquine and
sodium hydroxide. I figure the paper is releasing bromide
into the old partof the developer.
The sulfite is mostly for peppering? I had some peppering with the
first few sheets but that went away when the developer aged.
Nick Zentena said:D-9 is on the unblinkingeye.com webpage.
So I assume it's okay for lith. I don't have Rudman's book at my
finger tips but from memory he mentions that sulfite was a two
edge sword. Too much lowered lith effects. Too little risked
peppering. Some papers will show peppering more then
others supposedly. I saw no peppering with Forte but
early on saw a little with the Agfa.
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