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I started to became interested on parodinal since talking to Jay Javier from the phillipines on apug, discussing the availability or more specifically the unavailability of developers in both of our country. Although there is a affordable locally made developer said to be a copy of kodak’s d76 formula, but the prospect of making my own developer and freeing myself from dependence to the manufacturer still make home made parodinal a interesting thing.

my first try with Meicy ends in disaster, as unknowingly we get one of the ingredients wrong. By the way for this first try we used Donald qualls formula on the digital truth.

As the formula states one of the ingredients is sodium sulfite but what we get is sodium sulphate, luckily I notice the fault before we tested it on film.

A few more email exchange with Jay (a lot actually) and a search on other chemical store, I finally found all the ingredients and add to that got the ingredients for the fixer formula Jay gave.

The first batch of parodinal using generic paracetamol tablets used to develop lucky SHD 100 that I buy specially for testing the solution.

1:50 parodinal @ 20C

11 minute developing with full agitation for the first 2 minutes, and for one minute every 2 minutes after that.

1:3 vinegar and water for stop bath.

Fixed for 3 minutes.

Washing aid for one minute.

Wash under running water.

and when i opened the tank, it turns out my tank loading technique is very rusty, some film got stuck together and ruining some frames. but as the objective is only to test the PaRodinal i can live with that 🙂 i scanned some of the frame at the Lab, but it looks like their scanner is either dirty or malfunctions, so the scanned images have severe banding on them.

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just burned my first film, the Lucky 100 I intend to push to 400. it looks like my SS reel has gone bust, after repeated attempt to load it failed, i took it out from the changing bag half way although the light is still out, and change the reel, but the notebook is on, and unfortunately it is enough to burn the whole film (yes i know, only load film in total darkness). my other reel is also defective as the spines has come off at the end, so i’ll have to buy new ones, initially planned to buy from the classifieds at APUG, but it turns out the seller decided to give it away locally. another choice is buying from a local classified ads, there’s one with a tank and two reels.

so what i’ve learnt form this:

1. only load film in total darkness!!!

2. SS reels do get bust

3. always wash your hands after handling chemicals, got a bad eye irritation right now.

ps. oh and the roll got pictures from the Belle & Sebastian concert on it (Damn!)

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Dark Room project progress

since i got the enlarger been using it a few times, printing some old negatives, i think i’m getting the hang of it. using a self timer is certainly very helpful, as no longer you must guesstimate the exposure time. as all i have right now is 4 x 6 paper, the prints are small and look sharp enough, it looks like the fujimoto lens it came with are sufficient enough for me right now.

I’m planning to get a larger paper (8 x 10), but still searching for it as local stores only sell small sized paper. buying from freestyle will be perfect as i can buy some film too, but the shipping cost is to high, it ends up doubling the prices. blanco negro sells foma stuff that i want to try, and the shipping cost from Australia is still very reasonable, so thinking of ordering from them, already spoken to the owner Chris, very kind and helpful.

Film Developing

on the film developing front, last night (31 July 2010)  i’d tried to develop my first roll from the kiev, a black and white lucky SHD 100 film, but apparently my reel loading technique need more practicing, when it came out the film were bended, and sticking to each other, resulting white blotches on the film. on a better note, at least now i know that is nothing wrong on the kiev, the pictures came out okay and well exposed apart from the wrong guesses i made on the exposure.

first try, failed loading the reel, resulting in bended negatives and white blotches

right now I’m in the process of finishing my second roll, and hopefully my first success on developing film on my own. it’s a good thing lucky films only cost about US$1 each!

update august 3, 2010

just finished the second roll, straight to processing when i get home, the loading practice pays off and loading the reel was a breeze, i use Micro-MF for the developer for 16 minutes (full agitation the first minute) with 10 second agitation every one minute. got no stop bath, so use water instead, 4-5 times rinse, and goes in the fixer (Acifix), i re-use the fixer from last time for 8 minutes (full agitation the first minute) and the same 10  second agitation every one minute. after rinsing the film, i dry them and this is the negatives:

First Success

seems under exposed images, still learning to use "sunny 16" rule

hopefully i can print some frame tonight and scan them so i can upload them straight away. the negatives looks nice, some pictures are again under exposed from wrong guessing the exposure, more practice needed, this is my first meter-less camera after all.

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Dark Room Project #1

I’ve wanted to build a darkroom since I started to know photography back in 2003, back then analog photography were still the mainstream, and digital were almost out of reach. my first experience with a dark room was when i join my campus photography club, they got a small dark room with a very basic B/W enlarger, but seeing pictures appear magically from nowhere for the first was amazing. The way the pictures appear gradually, the smell of the chemicals, unfortunately never did learn how to develop my own film, and sadly when the building was renovated, the dark room was closed for good.

After that brief encounter, I’d always thought that someday, at least i will learn to develop my own film, and if lucky enough, set up my own dark room. That thought always linger, but never get realized, until last month when I decided to buy a kiev rangefinder that spark my passion for analog photography. a quick look around on a local classified forum sprung an offer of a second hand Fujimoto Lucky 69M Fujimoto Lucky 90M-S enlarger, when i visit the seller (an elderly Chinese man), it turns out that he used to operate a photo studio that gone broke, and now decided that he will sell clothes instead. With the enlarger also included are three lenses (50mm f3.5, 75mm f4.5, and 105mm f5.6), three negative carrier (35mm, 6×6, and 6×9), a digital timer, a metal developing tank with metal reels (two 135 and a 120). He initially offered it for approximately US$100, which is a little too high for me, so I decided not to pursue it, two week later the seller texts me with a new offer roughly US$70 for the whole lot, so I decided to take it. The guy was fairly nice, he even give some additional extras, such as some powder developer and papers (he even included some kind of fuel additive for no apparent reason other than just wanting to give it).

As for the darkroom, i planned to use a corner on my room for the dry side, and using the nearest bathroom for the wet side. I’m planning to use overlapping curtains with railing as the “room” and add a changing bag for maximum darkness. But the time being the first i want to do is practicing on developing some film first, I’ve read everywhere that loading a metal reels is very hard, so I’m practicing to do that first, before using real film, but if it proved to be too difficult, I’m thinking of buying a plastic one instead.

Fujimoto Lucky 90M-S enlarger

to be continued…

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