TPF Noob!
Jan 11, 2012
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Knoxville, TN
Can others edit my Photos
Photos NOT OK to edit
Okay, I need help. I am not one to ask for help often.
I enlarge the photo onto the paper, throw it in the developer, and boom nothing. I got "ink blotch" (what I am going to call them for all intensive purposes) looking things. What oh what am I doing wrong?
My negatives look good enlarged, the paper has no watermark so I've tried on both sides..... Is it my developer? Paper. I even tried it in the complete dark. I'm probably doing something very stupid.Never had this happen to me before.
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can you post an example?

my first thought you exposed the wrong side, but you indicate you tried both sides.

if it was a safe light problem the paper would be fogged. So working in complete darkness isn't the problem. In fact many people turn off the safe light when exposing the paper and turn it back on for developing.
stupid answer : did you removed the "red filter" on the enlarger ?
I didn't have the aperture open enough. A big "DUHHHH" on my part. The paper I am using has no indication of which side to use anywhere. But from using it before, I know. Thanks for the help guys!!!
An easy way to find the emulsion side of paper is to slightly wet your lips and place a corner of the paper between them quickly. The emulsion side will "stick" to your lip. Then mark the package of paper with "emulsion (up) or (down) for future reference. The semi-matt and matt paper is almost impossible to tell the difference by feel alone. Glossy paper has a glass-like feel on the emulsion.
^ Yes, I am aware of safelights. The OP's description of the problem suggested to me that he/she may not even be using a darkroom at all. We do get situations posted here that are at that level of error.

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