Paper Developer + bag = not so good...

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by JohnRichard, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. JohnRichard

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    So, I just thought I would share a little error I had today. I was messing around with my pinhole camera, trying to make some photos on Ilford 8x10 paper. All was going well until I decided to develop my shots... well, that was until I remembered my devleloping trays were in storage since I just moved.

    So I decided I would use some plastic trays I had lying around. One of them had a crack in the bottom and a garbage bag sounded like a great idea to line the bin with.

    After two tries, I have decided that Paper devloper + garbage bag = bad.
    It seems that the devloper reacted poorly with the Heafty Garbage bag and now my shots are all weird and yellow. It looks really neat, but its not at all what I wanted. Also I discovered that the Kodak stop bath didn't eat through the bag but the developer did! Just thought I would let you all know, in case you get the same ideas!

    JRY
     
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    Weird - I would have bet on the stop bath eating the trash bag. On the other hand, perhaps you've discovered a way to keep trash bags out of our landfills !!!!!.........kidding!!
     
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    Garbage bags usually have a powder in them similar to latex gloves. That is probably what made the reaction giving you "toned" prints.
     
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    I think those of us into 'alternate' photo methods need to explore this!
     
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    Sounds like you might have "bio-degradable" trash bags. Regular polyethylene bags aren't affected by photo chemicals. Or, there were bio-degradable bags or other "stuff" in the recycled plastic those bags were made from.
     
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    Well, as far as I know, They are Glad large trash bags, with the quick tie option. Also, it was sort of old developer, had been in storage for about a month so...
    I don't know if they are bio-degradable or not, but im sure someone can find out.
     
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    Next time fill the crack with silicone sealer from a hardware or auto parts store.
     
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    using SERAN WRAP as a liner might be a better idea
     
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