b&w printed on color paper

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    i was wondering what problems i will face trying to use color paper with b/w film and b/w chemicals.
    thanks you guys have been alot of help
     
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    Why do it?
     
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    Sounds like a fun experiment, just make sure you work in total darkness with that color paper. I think the photos will come out but maybe a bit on the purple side.
     
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    its the only paper i have right now. total darkness? you mean with no safe light? could i have ruined all my color paper by exposing it to a safe light?
     
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    Yes.... Color paper must be in total darkness.
     
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    Wouldn't that depend on the film? and how long the film was fixed and how well the fixer was removed?

    I've found that Tri-X tends to stay a little purple no matter how long it is fixed, but Ilford and Fuji go quite clear if it is properly fixed.
     
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    unfortunately, when working with color paper, it is very light sensitive, even to safe lights. I'd be interested to see what kind of results you get. I do know that you can get B&W on color paper but I have only seen it done with color chems, not B&W chemicals.
     
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    The black and white chemistry will give a purple cast to the prints, slightly. I have seen friends try prints like this and they tend to be a bit purple. Still a great method to try. I think that the negative will have little to do with the results other than intensity or maybe a bit of contrast issues.
     
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    there are colour safelights but these are so dim that a good 1/2 hour in the DR is required before you can actually see by them, if you only have red for black n white type safelights I'me afraid the paper is all fogged and you've lost your dough.
     
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    With color paper you're better off being in total darkness. Even a slight amount of red light will give you a lovely cyan cast which makes color correcting impossible. I learned that the hard way working in a color lab.
    I've printed b/w negs on color paper in RA4 with good results but not the other way around. You'd only get a b/w image, if anything. Try crossprocessing for something different.
     

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