… I’ve developed a black and white film myself. Yay! This is one of the few good photos from these first 2 rolls of film. I’ll post some more later.
Not that anyone asked, but just for the record and those curious I’ll say a couple of words about my impressions.
- So, it really turned out not that scary and messy as it seemed. Especially now when all the chemicals are ready it’s only a matter of loading that tank with film.
- I’ve always loved that feeling of getting my rolls from the photo lab, dashing home longing to fire up the scanner asap. Well now I love it even more! And there is a new part to it: cheer and joy when you open the tank and take out the film and see it actually worked.
- My main challenge was not the right receipt or anything like that, no. It was the weather. I live in a desert and we’ve got some hot days at the moment, so my main issue was to cool the chemicals.
- Note to myself for the next time: buy those spongy tongs (or wetting agent)! Though I tried to use a soft suede cloth to remove water drops there are still very visible stains, which don’t look good at all.
- I’ve read and watched many instructions on how to do it, but no one ever mentioned a problem when your film is longer than the spiral. I had no choice but cut those last frames off. So what’s the point of shooting past the 36 frames mark anyway?
Ok, I think it’s enough for now.
Developing film on your own is not a big deal of course for those who are deep into photography, but for me it is a big step. A bit forced but anyway. Now I can continue shooting film even living in the middle of nowhere.
I would really like to hear some stories about your first developing experience, tips on how to deal with those issues I mentioned above or just your thoughts on the photos.