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I take pictures of things. Mostly with film. Mostly with cameras. I am an engineer by trade. What really makes me happy, though, is to find an old camera at a swap meet or antique store and bring it back into working order with a few hours at the workbench. I then like to take them out and shoot some film. This blog is in large part the result of that activity.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

sunday morning

My darkroom.  No, it isn't particularly dark.  Off to the left there is the changing bag; that's the dark part.  The rest of it is my kitchen.

Panasonic G1 Nikon 28mm f2.8 series E

Chemistry, slowly getting to temperature.  The only slightly complicated part of developing black and white film at home is keeping your chemicals at 68 degrees.  A water bath and some ice does the trick.  And yes, that is the kitchen sink.  Modern chemicals have practically no odor at all.

Panasonic G1 Nikon 28mm f2.8 series E

The victims: four rolls of Ilford HP5+ 400 speed film.  An excellent film, probably my favorite at that speed.  

Panasonic G1 Nikon 28mm f2.8 series E

The first two rolls in the tank.  That black thing with the red lid is a developing tank.  Film goes in, chemicals go in, then out, then out come negatives!  It really is only slightly more complicated than that.

Panasonic G1 Nikon 28mm f2.8 series E

Notebook, full of notes about dilutions and whatnot.  My timer (and phone).  I highly recommend Digital Truth's "Massive Dev Chart" app.  Developing would be ten times harder without it.  It times, remembers dilutions, reminds you to agitate, a great great help.

Panasonic G1 Nikon 28mm f2.8 series E

Rinsing, the last step of developing.  Since I was doing this alone, my hands were busy (and pretty wet) so I couldn't really take photos until this point.  The sequence is simple: Developer (it does the developing) Stop Bath (stops the developing process) Fixer (sets the image and clears the clear parts) and Rinse (gets the film clean of chemicals).  The actual time taken to develop is around 20 minutes for two rolls (in my dual tanks).

Panasonic G1 Nikon 28mm f2.8 series E

Some of the results:
Nikon FM2, 24mm f2.8 Nikkor, Ilford HP5+

NIkon FM2, 50mm f1.4, Ilford HP5+

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