Is this actually flashing as such?
Yes, I know. A couple of years ago, I got very involved with Steve's methods so I'm pretty familiar with what he does. My point above is that, overall, his process may not work the same in your darkroom; especially as it relates to the use of VC papers. Depending on your personal paper choice(s) and the makeup therein, your paper, in your darkroom, with your enlarger lightsource, and your filtration may not produce the mid-tone contrast in exactly the same way. As a matter of fact, I'd venture to bet that unless you use specifically FP-4+ and develop it in Pyrocat-HD, using EMA, you're already "dead in the water." If you develop with PMK, ABC, or any of the pyrogallol-based formulas, you've already got a totally different negative that will react to VC paper in a totally different way, due to the color of the stain. Even within various pyrogallol-based formulas, you will see different stain color. For example, I've been playing around lately with PMK and ABC. Would you believe those two formulas produce not only a difference in stain color, but, also, a visual difference in the look of the stain? I'm no chemist...so, no idea why this would be...but, viewing identical negs on the lightbox is teaching me a lot!He doesn't use normal filters. He uses Rosco gels, placed above the neg.