Day 113/365 Film Processing and Parts of First Roll.

by Russell Smith April. 22, 2019 273 views

So todays project was developing the roll of film that I finished yesterday. 36 expsoures from a gifted k1000 ( A big thank you for that). All the images were shot on a 50mm f-2 lens. The roll of film was Fujifilm Superia Xtra-400 (what cvs had for sale and walmart too). Wanted cheap roll first so I did not feel bad about wasting a better film.

The very first frame. It seems fitting as I love food and food photography

The very first frame. It seems fitting as I love food and food photography

The image of the cake was metered at iso-200 (1 stop over box speed) and the settings were f4 and 1/60th second. I have a notebook that fits in my back pocket that I would write down the settings. Note to self write down subject to make sure frame scanned is same as what I had written down.
My scanning technique needs to improve but hey gives me something to fiddle with .

Focus in Low light on low contrast scene is a challenge . 1/15th second at f-2 Metered one stop overexposed.

Focus in Low light on low contrast scene is a challenge . 1/15th second at f-2 Metered one stop overexposed.

F-2 1/30th second metered one stop overexposed.

F-2 1/30th second metered one stop overexposed.

The coffee shot that I had the top of the cup with beans. This is the same setup just a different angle.

1/125 f-8 The reds and greens with fujifilm can get loud real fast.

1/125 f-8 The reds and greens with fujifilm can get loud real fast.

Carolina Rice Bread

Carolina Rice Bread

Carolina Rice Bread f-2 1/60th second metered 2 stops over and I pushed the needle for the internal meter near the top

Carolina Rice Bread f-2 1/60th second metered 2 stops over and I pushed the needle for the internal meter near the top

This shot was a study in how far I could push the highlights and still have detail before it got blown out. It is staggering how much highlight detail film holds onto. Shadows well not so much before it becomes noisy and muddy.

f/5.6 1/250 Queen on her throne.

f/5.6 1/250 Queen on her throne.

Overall the for Fujifilm xtra-400 if you use this film meter for the shadows you will have room in the highlights to fix them. Also Set you iso speed on the camera at one or two stops over box speed (lower iso number) .

Developing the film was straight forward once you get the roll of film on the roll for the developing tank. That is the hard part the rest was straight forward follow the directions to mix the chemicals and then follow the times listed for each step. I would say color negative film seems to be fairly forgiving on processing.

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Laurie Madsen 1 year, 10 months ago

Love it Russell!
Now that you have the first roll under your belt, the FUN begins!
I never processed color film, always black and white!
I was led to believe it was more complicated (and expensive).

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Russell Smith Replied to Laurie Madsen 1 year, 10 months ago

It is and it isnt the temperature and time has to be a bit more precise but I think there is plenty of room for error. I remember processing black and white negatives but I do not remember the process. I think I was around 11 or 12 when I did it . I do have plans on gettting the chemistry for black and white but before I do that I want some Illford xp2 film because I can process that black and white film in the color chemicals that I have now. I think the cost for color and black and white on the front side is about the same although the way black and white are processed the chemical goes further (dilution ratios ) . Right now the scanning process is something I need to research and find a better technique . I can have colors go sideways super quick.

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 10 months ago

Do you make your own color prints, or process and take the negatives to a printer?
I've never scanned negatives, so can't imagine the troubleshooting side of it.
I'm sure there is plenty of info on youtube to help, right?
It is fun to face the challenge and tackle it!
I would say your doing well so far!

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Jolien Dekens 1 year, 10 months ago

Incredible! Wonderful that you developed these yourself! I've taken an interest in film photography myself lately and I still find all of it really difficult 😅

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Russell Smith Replied to Jolien Dekens 1 year, 10 months ago

Film photography it honestly depends on the camera. The body that I have has a meter in it so it makes it easier. Plus for me it was a matter of reviving the brain cells that I used as a child/young adult . Film was first thing I ever shot. The thing I found hard was not looking at the back of the camera after a shot I was unsure about lol.

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 10 months ago

Congrats on your first film devolpment. Love #10, that one is hard to create digital,the naturall softness of analog

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Russell Smith Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank you and I agree. I did find that there is one remaining black and white film that can be developed in color processing chemicals so I may give that one a whirl.

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 10 months ago

Great set! Really interesting seeing how these turned out. And sorry if I missed this, but are you developing your own film at home? I took a film photography class ages ago, and I still remember what a challenge it was to unroll the film and transfer it to the developing chemicals. smile

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Russell Smith Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 10 months ago

It was a challenge to unroll the film and get it on the spools to put in the developing tank. To complicate it every video I saw on how to is done by a right handed person so I had to flip things in my mind so I could do it left handed. I am a visual learner so youtube made this easier for me to learn how to.

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James Bokovoy 1 year, 10 months ago

Now I'm craving some coffee and film. ;)

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Russell Smith Replied to James Bokovoy 1 year, 10 months ago

:) Sounds the start of a fun adventure if you ask me.

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 10 months ago

Great photos! What was your setting on #8...wondering why you have so much green. I am so glad the beauty shop(which in  my opinion has a lot of character) welcomes all nationalities 😆

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Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 10 months ago

It was the scan I was having mental issues getting color balanced . I am curious to see how far the color is off in a few days or whenever usps delivers the color calibrator lol.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 10 months ago

Ahhh ok, Curious to see the result.

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