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picture bleah, computer woes, allergic to sweater
So yesterday thigns were going pretty well and then they went not so well.

I spent 4 hours printing things and then they started turning colors. I had
one that I had gotten right on the first try and then it started getting
hazy and pinkish-purplish. I was so upset. It was really lovely and then it
was just ick! I don't know what the deal was because it wasn't a new pack of
paper. I was about 3/4 of the way through a 100-pack. All the other things I
had done on previous days had not done that. Other people's prints didn't do
it either. So I'm not sure what the deal is. I'd hate to have to sacrifice
all the paper I have left. So hopefully Linda will be able to tell me what
happened and how to avoid it in the future. So lame!

I did manage to reprint the one picture. And it really is lovely, and I
really do love it. But it wasn't quite the same.

Then I got home and still don't have my computer figured out. It at least
looks better now but there are things that it won't do right. Things it
won't connect to. Some things went fine (msn, google, yahoo, my site's
cpanel) but I couldn't get my email set up. I also couldn't connect to
Hotmail's server, or AIM's, or Trillian's and it was right about that time
that I gave it up for the night.

Today I pulled out a sweater and put it on and then when I got to work I
realized that it smells like my room. I have no idea why this is because it
was in the bathroom with my other clothes. So it's making me all sniffly and
my eyes water and throat itch. And I have to wear it for more than 4 more
hours. Not looking forward to it.

I'm actually tempted to see if I can go home and change when Ken gets here.
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chatnoire From: chatnoire Date: October 7th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
YOu're printing in color?

Sounds like the lightbulb on the enlarger might be going...if other people aren't having trouble, the chemistry is probably fine. Was it a really long exposure? Do you have a ganged darkroom connected to the processor, or do you have to walk through light? Perhaps your light-tight box has a small leak?

Sounds though like the electronic filtration may have gone out of wack, or the lightbulb on the exposure lamp might need to be replaced.

crushedglass From: crushedglass Date: October 7th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
nope printing black and white :(
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 7th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like your fix went bad. It wasn't happening to anyone else? Were you sharing fix? That's the only thing that it could be, is either bad fix or contamination along the line - colors appearing in black and white is a chemistry problem, not the paper - unless the paper got fogged (but it would still just process into black and white if the chemistry was clean).
chatnoire From: chatnoire Date: October 7th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Der, that was me. Not logged in.
crushedglass From: crushedglass Date: October 7th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oddly, it was only me, and only yesterday- not any of the days before. I even had one guy that we did everything at the same time- one of mine and one of his, same trays, same chemicals, same times... and mine turned purplepinkish
chatnoire From: chatnoire Date: October 7th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you guys have the same paper?
Did you test the fix for silver saturation?
At what point did the paper change to pink?
Was it a continuous tone pink or was it splotchy? What was the nature of the staining - was it a tone in the light areas, or was it essentially dark pink where there should have been blacks and light pink in the whites?

What brand of chemistry are you using?
crushedglass From: crushedglass Date: October 7th, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
eep! some of these I know and some I dont.

different paper (mine was different than anyone elses I think (Kentmere) and mine was the only one that did it

started turning after sitting out in the light after rinsing was all done

kind of a pale foggy mostly even over the whole page

and the only thing I know is that we use kodak developer
chatnoire From: chatnoire Date: October 7th, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's silver saturation. Your fix was bad. That will happen over time. Papers have different speeds like film, and the different papers will change color over time too. I can almost guarantee that the other people will have paper that is slightly yellow today.

It may also be that your paper 'holds' more chemistry than theirs, and so the fix was weak enough to remove the silver from their papers, but not yours.

Hope that helps. :)
crushedglass From: crushedglass Date: October 7th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
it does, especially if that ends up meaning that I dont have to sacrifice the rest of my paper pack and figure out all my exposure times again! :)
chatnoire From: chatnoire Date: October 7th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hehe, yeah, I know that feeling! :) You should be ok. Just make sure that you have fresh chemistry, and run a test strip using your same times, and you should be ok. It sounds exactly like it wasn't fixed properly. I hate when that happens. At least you have a paper that shows it quickly. There's nothing like running a whole set of prints and then finding out a few days later that they've turned purple, when you have a crit coming up.

What level photo are you in?
crushedglass From: crushedglass Date: October 7th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been taking photos for years but this is my first black and white class
chatnoire From: chatnoire Date: October 7th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool. That's what I was guessing...the nit picky bits about chemistry often drive people nuts when they begin doing their own printing, because a classroom isn't going to be set up to be the cleanest place around. It is the one thing about group darkrooms (and busy lab monitors) that drives me nuts.
If they haven't given you a demonstration of it yet, or done it for you, ask the lab monitors for some Hypocheck. All you do is scoop a little bit of fix (1-2 oz) into a clear beaker, then add one drop of hypocheck. If the hypo turns cloudy, your fix is bad. It's good to do every two hours if you make your fix yourself, and if you're using a group darkroom, test it before you begin printing, and then every hour.

This may have been more info than you needed, and you might have already known it....
crushedglass From: crushedglass Date: October 7th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didnt know that and I dont think they do it

they probably should!
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