I had a print of this, published here previously, that was a bit dark. I thought I’d run it through the 2nd-Pass lith process, just out of interest. This is how I’d ended up printing the image originally (I left in the distant view extreme right in the finished print):
So this was bleached to completion in my usual ferricyanide bath, washed, and then redeveloped in LD20 lith developer diluted 1+39 at 20°C for around 15 minutes. the image on the right image shows how it looked after bleaching, just out of interest.
I much prefer the straight print. In this case the lith process adds nothing in my opinion. You can enlarge both images and position them side by side on-screen to compare if you wish.
But it’s important to experiment, to see just how this rather unpredictable process will deal with different images, different tonality. The expanse of mid grey gave little scope for any interesting effects, but it does give a fairly clear idea of how development progresses at such extreme dilution. The densest areas remained brown (a result of the extremely slow and fine deposition of silver) whereas the highlights – and eventually the mid-tones – were developing to completion, the silver grains were getting larger and the brown tone disappears.