Picture North Carolina wrote in post #18104458
What Wilt says a thousand times over. Don't take this the negative way it may sound, but if you're having trouble with BW. Color shouldn't even be a thought right now. .
Yes, I had absolutely NO negative thoughts when previously writing, but speaking from 45 years of experience in the darkroom, including Cibachrome prints, trying to give sage advice.
I recall as a 14 year old trying color transparency for the first time, and also color printing...I did not yet have B&W down pat to where everything was easy and natural and well controlled without much thought. In fact, my color transparency experience came under the tutelege of a veteran industrial photographer, and the first thing he had to teach me was loading a stainless steel film reel. Fast forward 4+ years, after 2000 hours had accumulated in the darkroom meeting publication deadlines of the HS newspaper, and color processing was not at all a blur like it had been before mastering the B&W darkroom.
If you have to try to figure out WHY RETICULATION and at what step it is being caused, you do not yet have your process down pat and second nature.
Do yourself a favor...Learn to walk before you try to run and stumble.