Well, Today's the day (or night) that I develop my first roll of film!

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    lorirfrommontana Member

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    I am going to develop my first roll (acctually first 3 rolls) of film today! I'm really excited. I have to wait till I get home from 4H so it will be a late night but I don't want to wait until tomorrow! I won't be able to do a print for a while as I'm still waiting for my dark room but I'm ready and have all the supplies for the film! I will let you all know how it turns out!

    I will also learn tonight how many photography kids we have this year. I'm hopeing that some of them want to do some work with film. I was thinking it may be fun to try and make pinhole cameras too.

    Anyways, wish me luck with my developing!:D

    -Lori
     
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    Welcome to the dark side, Lori. And no, I couldn't wait either. And, FYI, the April issue is going to be a pinhole/lensless issue with some interesting DIY stuff.

    Good luck tonight.
     
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    Chris, Cool! I'll be sure to check it out!
    -Lori
     
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    Good luck with it Lori!

    I have an exposed roll of HP5+ and tomorrow I am going out to buy my Chems for my first develop as well!
     
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    So Lori, how did you make out? I did yesterday as you saw and was so excited. I was a nervous wreak while in the changing bag and, using 120, at first did not feel the end of the film and beginning of the paper but I worked it out. Please post as this newbie wants to see too.
     
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    If it's 35mm, just remember to snip the leader. With my first, no one told me I was supposed to do that. But I managed to get it loaded -- on a "walk-in" plastic reel no less.
     
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    YAY! Welcome to the rest of your life, if your like me. I got hooked way back in highschool when I pulled my first roll of Black and White out of the reel.
    You know, CA Snugg, I don't think I have ever snipped the leader. Perhaps that would help with one of my "trouble" reels.. it always sticks.
     
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    Well, it went well except I had trouble with one reel! I must have skipped a row and it came out sort of bent with a couple of big white spots on a couple of frames. I also don't have a changeing bag yet and was sitting in the dark when I realized that I didn't have my scissors with me after I had already took the first roll out of the cannister! Fortunately they were in the basement and I knew where they were. It is really hard to walk around a crouded basement in the complete dark!

    This morning I went to scan my negatives so I could see better and I lost the insert for my scanner:sad:. It looks like I have some good shots on there though! It was sort of funny. I forgot any of my literature so I guessed on times of everything except the development. I had that with me! Well, I guess I'm going to have to print these on my next day off because I can't wait for the darkroom!

    I did find out there are only 5 kids in our photography group but one of them, who will be shooting d*****l said that her dad had an old camera with a bag of lenses that she would like to learn to use so at least a couple of them may want to learn to use the darkroom! I havn't talked to the others yet.

    Thanks for all your support! I can't wait to share my photos with you all!

    Lori
     
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    I understand you excitement! I went through the same thing monday night. I have just processed my second roll and it it is hangin up to dry.

    Good luck going forward!!
     
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    Congratulations to you both and welcome to the dark side.
     
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    The white spots were probably air bubbles so be sure to rap the tank sharply after each agitation two or three times. I'm glad it turned out so well. WTG.
     
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    Lori in no time you'll be just spinning that film on that reel. Yeeeehaa !!! go girl!!! mike