I had, after many not convincing results, established a formula for my universal developer with wich I got some good pictures, color and B&W:
800 ml water
3 g Potassium Metabisulfite
6 g CD4 (color developer for C-41)
20 g Soluble coffee
30 g Potassium Carbonate
1,5 g Potassium Bromide
Water to make 1 Liter
Develop for 15 minutes for both C-41 and B&W at room temperature with constante agitation.
I never had a confirmation off the need of coffee in this recipe. So, I tried to reduce the content of coffee and increase the content of the color developer CD4. But the results showed, clearly, that the coffee content is important. Some people argued with me that beeing coffee a B&W developer, it would compete with CD4, stilling silver that would contribute to more color when developed by CD4.
But the theory was not confirmed by the praxis. Here is a photo developed with the recipe above:
|Photo developed with Caffenolcolor|
|Less coffee and more CD4|
Have a nice time with coffee!