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Have you ever developed a roll of film?

Discussion in 'Weekly Poll' started by Damien_Demolder, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. zx9

    zx9 Well-Known Member

    Re: Have you ever developed ...

    Lots of B&W neg, a little bit of B&W reversal and even fewer E6.
    I even involve the children ( five and eight, it's educational, chemistry and maths)by getting them to watch the timer and call out every 30sec. when agitation is required. They seem to enjoy it, to the point that I get chastised if they come home from school and find a roll of negs. hung up drying in the bathroom.
     
  2. bdr2

    bdr2 Well-Known Member

    Re: Have you ever developed ...

    I still remember being taught to develop B&W film at school. At first I was all fingers and thumbs trying to wrestle with the contents of the changing bag.

    I bet the kids wouldn't be allowed within a million miles of darkroom chemicals these days, let alone the mercury thermometers we used to use! :(
     
  3. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Re: Have you ever developed a roll of film? Boatloads....

    ...albeit only a rowboat :rolleyes:

    Jack
     
  4. MickLL

    MickLL Well-Known Member

    I suppose that you are too young to remember Promicrol. Supposedly fine grain, speed enhancing, brew. It was responsible for ruining my wedding pictures - but that's another story.

    In the mourned product stakes it was Agfa printing paper that I missed most. Don't remember the proper name but I think that it had 'crystal' in it somewhere.

    MickLL
     
  5. john_g

    john_g Well-Known Member

    All this nostalgia for film has got me wondering whether there's something wrong with me that I wouldn't go back to the old way of doing things. I used to mainly use slow mono films and do my own developing and printing. I used a Canon T90 with a selection of prime lenses and aspired to the image quality of Edward Weston's still lifes as well as the large format landscapes of people like Ansel Adams (who didn't!).

    I always felt frustrated that, using 35mm at least, I couldn't get close to those levels of technical achievement which, I realise, isn't so surprising. I think I had all the processes under control - I won awards at county level, so obviously had something right - but I never quite got the sharpness, liquidity of tone and absence of grain that I wanted.

    Now that I've acquired a Samsung GX-10, I'm finding it a revelation. No digital noise (at 100 ASA at least and, at higher speeds, noise reduction software does an astonishingly good job of recovering the image), great range of tones (using RAW and Capture One RAW converter) and very fine detail and sharpness (even though I'm only using the 18-55mm and 50-200mm zooms that came with the camera).

    Also, I don't miss the cost of wasted film and paper or the headaches I used to get from spending too many hours in a blacked-out room inhaling chemicals. And the scope for correcting and optimising images on a computer is a revelation - who prefers propping up a baseboard to try and correct converging verticals to using the tools in Photoshop that achieve the same thing in seconds? And who got complicated dodging and burning right, time after time, image after image, in a darkroom? In Photoshop I have far better control and, if I get it wrong, I can just undo what I've done.

    Whilst writing this, I've been trying to think whether there are any reasons I've missed that would tempt me to go back to film but still can't come up with a single one. Hmmm, yes, I have thought of one: I had an old mahogany-and-brass half-plate camera that I loved using... all the camera movements, the fact that I only had the chance to take six pictures per outing, the way that people would come up and ask whether they could have a look at the image under the black cloth. But I still wouldn't go back.
     
  6. Barney

    Barney Well-Known Member

    No, I'm with you all the way. I never developed my own film but there were a number of very good reasons why, mostly due to never having the space and perpetually living in shared accomodation, but also because that side of the process has never apealed to me, it's the taking of pictures I enjoy rather than the making. Digital of course still requires significant input after the event, and I don't really enjoy the editing side of things, but I know I find it preferable to darkroom work.
     
  7. Lounge Lizard

    Lounge Lizard Well-Known Member

    I'd still be tempted if I could shoot 6x7 or 6x9cm negs (I'd find 5x4 in too slow) but it's the old Star Trek phenomenon - space and time. When I retire maybe....
     
  8. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    Re: Have you ever developed ...

    Yea, FP4+ in Pyro! use it for 5x4, and now esp 10x8. Also like 120 Pan F in PMK. (EI 32, 6 1/2 min +2 min soak).
    We run a photo club at school here (I'm senior tech) ONLY b/w with wet darkroom. At the moment in abayence until new d/r built.
    Cheers,
    Dave
     
  9. Woolliscroft

    Woolliscroft Well-Known Member

    Re: Have you ever developed ...

    I still do a lot of my own processing and have just re-vamped my home darkroom with some of the top flight kit digital converts are selling for peanuts. The odd thing is that for the first time in several years I have started to get requests again from students to be taught how to do it. Very strange.
     
  10. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    Re: Have you ever developed a roll of film? Boatloads....UPDATE

    The most interesting one was souping a roll of colour neg (C-41) film with a roll
    of Tmax 3200 and the soup (Ifotel HC) was at 38C for three(3) minutes which, ironically,
    was the "time and temp" we souped our colour neg films so I figured, what the he\\ and
    the colour neg film turned out quite good although they were both a tad contrasty and grainy :rolleyes:

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  11. PeteE

    PeteE Well-Known Member

    I joined the East Ham Grammar School Photographic Society after a trip to the Festival of Britain in 1951 and there the chemistry master showed us how to make up our own developers so I took some home and tried developing a Ferrania Ortho 120 film out of my Mum's Brownie Hawkeye camera in the bathroom with an old blanket up the window and a piece of red paper round the light ( seeing as the film was'Ortho')by the see-saw method - I got some greyish images which I thought were the Bees-Knees! I used a pie dish which my Mum also let me use for hatching out frog spawn and she made tapioca pudding in it too.
     
  12. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Surely one and the same :D
     
  13. Burgy

    Burgy In the Stop Bath

    Lost count how many, first would have been HP5 or Tri-X in HC110 in my bedroom at my parents house in about 1979, E-6 about 1980 first roll of C-41 was dev'd in the boot of a Ford Escort in 1989-90ish......those were the days......NOT! :) :)
     
  14. Scphoto

    Scphoto Well-Known Member

    Always wanted to have a go at developing, however never got round to it. Sadly never will either
     
  15. Woolliscroft

    Woolliscroft Well-Known Member

    Why ever not? It's never too late until they put you in the ground :)
     
  16. Mr_Geoff

    Mr_Geoff Well-Known Member

    PM me if you're ever down Essex way - you're welcome to have a go, I've got everything necessary: Loads of B&W film, Nikon and/or Canon cameras (to avoid cult wars), dev tank, enlarger, etc.

    As long as you're not allergic to cats it should be a hoot!
     
  17. bagpuss

    bagpuss Well-Known Member

    Re: Have you ever developed ...

    Awh, bless.

    I did a few rolls at college, but some one stuffed up the fixer (no, not me) and trashed what would have been a lovely set of negs. Been scarred by the experience ever since..
     
  18. JDCB

    JDCB Well-Known Member

    About 6 rolls a year of BW seems to be my average. I don't find the process particularly vexatious or indeed exciting, but it's over soon enough and the kit needs are pretty minimal (a Hewes stainless steel reel and cylinder tank, a thermometer, measuring/mixing beaker and a couple of bottles of chemicals, all stored under the stairs). Unless chemicals become hard to find for BW, I can't imagine I would not do it in the future.

    I don't have an enlarger, so printing is via scanner / computer.

    This thread has however given me a little inspiration: my 7 year old daughter is showing encouraging signs of interest in photography, and is currently using an old compact. She wants a digicam for Christmas, and we may take the opportunity of updating my wife's 3 year old Sony P&S and giving her that. But before then - a challenge! Expose a roll of BW as best she can on her choice of subjects, then (under tuition) develop the film and we'll print the best. That's got to be a good and instructive way to spend an autumn afternoon!

    James
     
  19. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Pass on your skills to the next generation. I want to do the same with my nephew and Grandson. They love taking pictures- might even post some of them under my name :D
     
  20. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    My daughter (nearly 10) has actually asked to borrow one of my film SLRs to take some pics and then develop them, which is great. :cool:
     

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