more ruined portraits

here is how this happened. a while back i needed to develop my first 35mm b&w roll – so far i’ve only been doing medium format, have a metal tank and reel for that but no 35mm reel. a metal reel costed more than a new plastic tank with reels, so i decided to go for that, a paterson tank with adjustable reels. there is a learning curve involved, loading plastic reels is quite different from metal reels. this was my second roll and after a few attempts – you know, while doing it inside a changing bag – i finally loaded my 36 exposure roll and put it in the tank. i was chatting with a friend, walking her through the procedure of home developing… and i did not pay to attention to how i inserted the roll in the tank. if you are not familiar with paterson tanks, they hold 2 stacked up 35mm rolls (or 1 120 roll), but if you develop just one, you can place the roll on the bottom reel and make less solution (290ml instead of 500ml). except i put the reel with the film on top and that let the film out of the developer for all the time it wasn’t being agitated (10 sec every minute for 6:30min). same goes for stop bath and fixer. once fixed, the result is final. and this is it. still kicking myself for not paying attention.




canon a-1 | fuji neopan 400


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  • Bea | November 13, 2013 | Reply

    These are all still very beautiful. Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Klo | November 19, 2013 | Reply

      Thank you, Bea!

  • Savae | November 19, 2013 | Reply

    Despite making a mistake, these still came out pretty cool looking. Even mistakes can turn out to be a good thing. Oh and hey kudos to developing yourself…..I send my negs to a lab for processing/scanning.

    • Klo | November 19, 2013 | Reply

      THanks Savae!
      I actually love the process of being the only person to make these shots happen. As of recently, I have a little darkroom setup at home too, and making my first prints. Lots of trial and error there too.
      Still sending my color film to the lab for process/scan.

  • Val | November 20, 2013 | Reply

    Greta shots still ! Where do send your color film though? Somewhere in Cali ?

    • Klo | November 20, 2013 | Reply

      Thanks Val!
      Have mostly been sending my 120 film to PhotoWorksSF, though I’ve bounced through many labs really. As for 35mm, I have used Walgreens.

  • Katrinka | December 1, 2013 | Reply

    Oh Klo, they’re so lovely anyway!
    I miss having a darkroom; my apartment here in Istanbul doesn’t have a good room for one but I’m hoping to get it set up whenever I end up back in California.

    • Klo | December 6, 2013 | Reply

      Thank you, Katrinka!
      Yeah, it’s hard to have darkrooms in apartments. We’re lucky we have a spacious house.

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