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So, I processed my first roll of 120 last night. I was in quite a hurry, but it happened and I see pictures. I learned form my mistakes and Now you all can laugh at me.
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Good Afternoon, Chris,

But you saved on the chemicals!

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Looks like that part didn't get well developed.

Nothing to laugh at, no one is perfect. Let's see how will my first B&W roll come out of the tank...
 
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That I did. It's a new thing. All the kids are doing it now.
 
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Oh yeah. I'm amazed at how well my flatbed scanned this film. OK, I'm done with the hybrid talk.
 

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It seems that the part of the negatives that developed turned out to have a nice density. I wouldn't look at this as a total failure.
 

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So, I processed my first roll of 120 last night. I was in quite a hurry, but it happened and I see pictures. I learned form my mistakes and Now you all can laugh at me.
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I can one up that - I usually do a bunch of rolls at once, saves me time. Well very recently I did just one roll - every thing was exactly perfect - as usually - I am a very precise worker. I made sure I had enough developer for the one roll blah blah blah - one thing wen wrong. The reel with the film was at the top of the tank instead of the bottom.

WTF - is that some kind of dyslexia?

RB

Ps. I think the condition you have is 35mm on the brain. It should clear up in a couple of days it's like the flu.
 

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I can one up that - I usually do a bunch of rolls at once, saves me time. Well very recently I did just one roll - every thing was exactly perfect - as usually - I am a very precise worker. I made sure I had enough developer for the one roll blah blah blah - one thing wen wrong. The reel with the film was at the top of the tank instead of the bottom.

WTF - is that some kind of dyslexia?

RB

Ps. I think the condition you have is 35mm on the brain. It should clear up in a couple of days it's like the flu.

Oh this happened to me after 25+ years of darkroom work.

RB
 

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Looks like a new kind of 645 format!!
 

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Not bad for your first roll. Everyone starts somewhere. Welcome to APUG and welcome to Darkroom.
 

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I have hips of stories of "ffffings" that went wrong when processing film and we all do ... my favourite one was a blank film which puzzled me, I still stretched to hang it in the film dryer wondering as to what I had done wrong again... then it hit me hard that I had developped an unexposed roll.... I kept it as a memento :smile:
 

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Just did my third roll of 120 myself.

Well, I mean I threw my third roll through the wall when I couldn't get it on the reel.

First two went on like butter....this one was ruined when I pulled my hands out of the changing bag after 45 minutes of fooling with it.
 
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I love the stories.
RB, That sounds just like something I'd do.

Foster, I'm not sure if I'd like a bag or not. Anything would be a step up from sitting on a pile of clothes in my wife's closet, feeling around for all my stuff on the closet floor.
 

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I love the stories.
RB, That sounds just like something I'd do.

Foster, I'm not sure if I'd like a bag or not. Anything would be a step up from sitting on a pile of clothes in my wife's closet, feeling around for all my stuff on the closet floor.

Yep - When I screw it up I screw it up with absolute precision so that it is exactly and completely screwed up. It has no chance of even being half right. I will tell you my expertly chiseled hinge pocket story someday that was exactly precisely one hinge length off.

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The bag makes your hands sweaty....moisture makes the film sticky...sticky film makes you angry.

The closet may be the way to go :wink:
 
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I guess I can come out of the closet once I'm done developing.
 

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. . . and Now you all can laugh at me.
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It is better to laugh than cry on a occasion when either would do.

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Actually, your picture and experience is a teaching moment for me. I assume the 'mistake' was a shortage of developer in the tank and the top part was the part under the developer during the time when you were not agitating. I've always wondered how much development takes place because the film is submerged and how much development takes place because the developer gets absorbed into the emulsion when it is exposed to developer (i.e. in your case during agitation). You have produced an image that demonstrates just that. Before looking at this I would have guessed that the unsubmerged section would have been much less developed.

Your experience makes me want to experiment with water bath development, which I'll bet was invented by someone who first did something just like you did.

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Yes we've all made mistakes and, at least in my case, it's probable that I'll make many more. The single reel sliding up the post brings back memories, (not fond ones.) I remember reading somewhere that you should always add the extra reels in a tank - even if you're developing a single roll. The reason given was that the effects of agitation would be constant from roll to roll - no matter how many rolls you developed at a time. I absolutely knew this was BS, and of course, the huge effort involved in washing and drying the additional reels unnecessarily was a waste of time - so I ignored the advice!! One inversion and the film spent the rest of its time hovering over the developer!! Now I add the additional reels........to keep my agitation constant, of course :wink:

Another time a 120 roll flew out of my hands as I was loading the reel. I spent 25 minutes on my hands and knees groping around the floor for it until I gave up and turned the lights on....and there it was, right next to the developing tank:D:D

More mistakes to come - but they give you war stories to share with the other inmates!!!

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I always have trouble with the backing paper - I've had at least one or two (or three...) rolls that have slipped off the holder before I could develop.
 
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Oh, these all sound like stories I'd likely have if it weren't for hearing them. Luckily I sit on a pile of my wife's clothes while changing film/loading the tank. Things don't have too far to go. I've spent more money than I probably should have lately(AE-1,AV-1, lenses) It may be a bit before I am allowed back to the shop to get more film.
 

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Could have been worse, you should see some of the results from the school lab. Such as, the kid who put C-41 film in D-76 (he thought the pictures would just turn B&W), the person who paid no attention to the film crackling and buckling as she spooled it (her film came out mottled and spotted, looked like Jackson Pollack had thrown developer all over the film), and this other guy who put straight D-76 in the tank then processed for 14 minutes on Delta 400. Oh wait, that one was my mistake :smile:
 
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So, what does happen to the C-41 film?
 

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here's mine

Imagine this: 4 reels of 35mm on reels in a tall tank

everything set up, dev, stop, fix, photoflow.

Okay, pre-wash film for 2 min with water . . .

tick, tick, tick . . .

empty water . . .

Open up tank . . .

DOH!
 
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