The "flat" look your home brewed neg has seems to indicate it has been under-exposed and under-developed I've inverted it as a positive and no contrast or toning is obvious. Flash would have been much more ideal in this situation, even with 3200 IMO Here is a link that has small images, divided in two, one half negative, one half positive. To me, the top left corner image is closest to this neg. Link .... Assessing negatives What I've done here was to apply "Auto Tone" and "Auto Contrast" which eliminated the "flat" look, but it's still under-exposed, which means not enough light got to the film. This next one was an attempt to correct it even more by using "Levels", as well as "Auto Tone" and "Auto Contrast" The "Levels" adjustments were quite extreme, which means your developer was too old, badly stored, depleted or diluted too much. The under-exposure warranted more development time, and that would have made this neg much better, but unless you knew that there was under-exposure, you wouldn't know to compensate by increasing the development time If you don't want to do any "pushing" or "pulling" and you want good negs, get the exposure right. Do you have a light meter? You need an accurate light meter.