I have grainy HP5 negatives. What did I do wrong? Please help.greenspun.com : LUSENET : Dirck Halstead : One Thread
Hello there. I was testing a lens on my M4 and I shot two rolls of Ilford's HP5. I've never run into this problem and was looking for some help.
I developed them both in separate tanks using HC-110 Dilution B at the right temperature, right time, and right agitation. Both negatives came out very very grainy and when I made prints it looked like I had shot 3200 film. I can't figure it out. Could the temperature change from the HC-110 to the water wash cause this?
Any help would truly be appreciated.
-- Gabe Sachs (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 01, 2001
I think you may have cooked your negatives because you didn't dilute the HC110 into a working mixture first. HC110 comes in a concentration that requires dilution - you wind up with 5 L of it if you dilute the whole bottle. THEN you follow the dilution instructions so that you have a working mixture to develop your negs. I made the same mistake ONCE. It looks like 3200 or even 6400. If it's a personal project, call it art. Hope this helps.
-- Heather Faulkner (email@example.com), March 25, 2002.