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Collodion / Wet Plate: Why do I get milky or foggy results?

When I'm ending up with milky and foggy looking plates, have I developed it to long? I've noticed on one part, that didn't catch enough developer, that this area seemed to be fine. Maybe the reason is ...
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Why does a monobath work well for films that usually have significantly different process times?

I've recently tried a commercial monobath, after seeing information about monobaths in general and this specific product on YouTube. I'm floored at the quality of the negatives. I've used a homebrew ...
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Is DD-X developer ok to use for Acros 100?

Is DD-X developer ok to use for Acros 100? Also, I would like to control the contrast. Can someone point me to a development time chart that relates to the amount of contrast?
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How to tell how if ILFOSOL 3 is still usable?

I bought 2 bottles of ILFOSOL 3 developer some time ago and I can't tell how old they are. There doesn't seem to be a date of manufacture or expiration date. There is just a batch number. One of the ...
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Can different darkroom chemicals be discarded into the same container?

I'm a complete chemistry ignoramus but like to process my own (B&W) films every now and then in an ex tempore darkroom (read: the bathroom). I understand that the correct procedure for discarding ...
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Can I develop bw film with a c41 developer?

I have a c41 kit with all the needed chemicals to develop color negative film. Can I use the developer from this kit for black and white film? I am aware that I will need a stop bath and a fixer, but ...
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Longest (unlimited?) shelf-life B&W developer for sporadic use?

Is there a B&W film developer without limited shelf-life? For example, something encapsulated so well, that it can be stored unopened for decades? For example, something like tablets in metalized ...
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What container to use to store developer concentrate?

I have just mixed the D76 powder to create the concentrate. And I stored it in a transparent plastic bottle. I wonder if that's harmful; whether it may deteriorate because it's in contact with ...
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What film and developer did Harold Feinstein use?

Although Harold has written/taught various topics on photography and printing, I can't seem to find what film and developer did he use, especially for his Coney Island series. Perhaps others can ...
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Ilford Delta 400 film should I develop with Rodinal or D76?

Currently, I am shooting Ilford Delta 400 at box speed. And I only have D76 and Rodinal developer at hand. Which developer should I use better? And at what dilution mix?
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Is it harmful to use developer/stop-bath/fixer/wet-agent from different manufacturers

I am currently using Adofix (fixer), Adostop Eco (Stop-bath) and Ilfotol (wetting-agent). I plan to use it with Kodak D76 as developer. I wonder if it's harmful because they come from 3 different ...
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Rule of thumb to choose right mix of Rodinal developer?

Massive Dev. Chart has around 7 kinds of combination of Rodinal mixture for TriX400: from 1+24 to 1+100. I have TriX400 used at box speed or pushed/pull. Is there any rule of thumb to choose the ...
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Development times for Russian mystery “A125” film

On a recent trip to Russia I bought about a dozen canisters of B/W film I previously never heard about. FWIW, I bought them in two different stores in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The guys at the ...
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Is it safe to keep your chemical (developer/fixer/stopbath) outdoor?

Is it safe to keep your chemical (developer/fixer/stopbath) outdoor? Like balcony? But inside a storage with lid.
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Can film be visually inspected during development with Pyro?

While researching pyro developers, I ran across the following statement on a Flickr group dedicated to Pyro: 510-Pyro has the advantage that you can visually check for the optimal developing time ...
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Does the development time in Massive Dev Chart include the agitation time?

I'm looking at the Massive Dev Chart website. It shows a table like this: Does the time shown there include the agitation time?
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What is the meaning of “stock” dilution on the Massive Dev Chart website?

I'm looking at the Massive Dev Chart website. It shows a table like this: What's the meaning of stock dilution there? How should we prepare the developer on that condition?