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If I can ever work this one out…

Posted this image on Instagram and in the time it took to brush my teeth it had gathered 39 likes. Huh!? This nearly doubled over the next few hours – suddenly the biggest hitter

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Not that I’m complaining. I like this image (the white edges are light leak incidentally, not deliberate) but no clue as to why it was so popular. If you could bottle it…

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Development at home – the first run

The original plan was to set up a dark room and develop and print my own film. Not sure about the printing bit, but development is now been achieved. Like true scientist I kept notes, recorded the procedure and the results.

All the bits obtained from eBay:

  • Paterson developing tank (with spools)
  • Adox Rodinal developer
  • Adox Stopbath
  • Adox Fix

Using the excellent¬†Massive Development Chart¬†I determined my film (Ilford Delta 400 Pro) needed 1:50 dilution developer for 18 mins (at 20oC). Other than struggling to get the film loaded on the spool, the process was super easy and it flippin’ worked!

Little Elephant 1 (Ilford Delta 400 Pro)

One thing I noticed once scanned was how grainy this film is (oh and the camera has a light leak probably through the door hinge). The next film I used was Ilford Xp2. This is a C41 chemistry film that normally gets processed by a machine, and is uses dyes rather than silver (something like that). To develop needed 20 mins in 1:25, but finer I would say. I finished my Delta 400 film with the image above I took this photo immediately after with the new film.

Little Elephant 2 (Ilford XP2 Pro)

Generally I would say I preferred the results from XP2 but perhaps I should interchange as grainy is nice too.

 

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