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.
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