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Strange Brew – Arista Professional 400

As I was sorting through my gear, I realized that I had a finished roll of film in my camera, ready to be developed.  I had shot this roll back in Lemoore, before heading to Pensacola and it includes shots around the old house, my old work, and at my buddy Mike Olbinski’s house en route to Florida.

I used the same coffee mixture as last time (Caffenol C-L), but made a couple slight adjustments.  Instead of full stand development, I did a semi-stand technique where I agitated the tank gently at the 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, and 32 minute mark of the 60 minute total developing time.  I found that the negatives came out a little more contrasty and the shadows didn’t seem to develop as much as I would have liked…  Of course, this is also a new film so who knows if that is the reason.  I am pretty confident that I exposed properly, but the meter on my XG-M could be a little off after 30 years… :)

Here are a few of my faves from the roll!  If you want to check out the whole roll, you can see it here…

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Strange Brew

This post has nothing to do with the movie with the same title (which is hilarious by the way)…  Part of me misses Mike Olbinski’s movie title themed posts too, so I decided to steal his idea for today ;)

My friend and colleague, Doug has been a huge supporter along my photography journey.  He also is one of the main reasons that I picked up a film camera (which he provided to me), leading to the acquisition of my Minolta XG-M from my mom…  He recently decided to develop his own film in the comfort of his home… with coffee!  Yes, by mixing instant coffee, washing soda, and vitamin C powder together, you can develop black and white film!  The developer has been named Caffenol and we were both inspired by a blog dedicated to this process by a gentleman named Reinhold

Last week, I shot through a roll of Fomapan film that I picked up at the B&H superstore in New York City and tried my hand at the developing (thank you to Doug for the developing tank and reel)!  This turns out to be a really contrasty film with a pretty nice grain to it.  I used Reinhold’s Caffenol C-L recipe which is a stand development technique.  I loaded the reels the night before and after 70 minutes in the sauce, the negatives came out!  I scanned the images and below are a couple of my favorites from the roll.  If you want to see the whole roll, you can check it out here… I think that the powders from the washing soda and vitamin C weren’t quite dissolved all the way, leaving some white speckles on the film.  I may try a little more agitation on the next go around…

This was a really rewarding process that really allows you to control the image from start to finish and I’m excited to play around with it more in the future!  Enjoy #FilmFriday!

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