For the first time since 2005, I developed a roll of film on my own. The supplies were not that expensive. The black out bag eliminated any need to a full size darkroom. However, the bag also presented a few challenges. My bear arms do not operate well in tight confines much less in a small bag with the sides clinging to every element within it. I never developed 120mm film before. The extra size proofed frustrating to get on the reel in those conditions. After a 20 minute struggle, I finally wrangled the film unto the reel only to discover an additional piece was taped to what I though was the film. I forgotten that 120mm film contains a paper backing with the shoot numbers on it. With no way of confirm what piece was what, I pulled the piece off and finished reeling the remaining film. I opened the black out bag to find the curled up paper backing. I panicked believing that was the film and opened my film canister to see what I put on the reel. The sunlight ruined the unprotected film in the briefest of seconds. I decided to develop the film in the "winning the lottery" of chances (so you are saying there is a chance) that one frame was not ruined. The process I selected is referred to as stand development. The developer (Rodinal) is added to the canister at a high dilution rate of 1 parts to 100 of water and left relatively undisturbed. The canister is flipped around a few times at the beginning and 30 minutes into the development. The entire process takes an hour for standard development. I then employed a new fixer (TF-5) which eliminates the need for a stop bath. As I opened up the canister after development, the light indeed destroyed the entire roll. My crazy mind immediately threw out alternative theories such as the developer or fixer failed or the Holga camera did not expose the images properly. The only solution in my mind was to develop another roll of film. I once again struggled forcing the film unto the reel. It only took me 15 minutes this time compared to the 20 previously. A long hour later I had developed negatives in my hand. The negatives were not perfect but I just relieved that my process worked. The biggest issue was the finger prints I left on half of the frames. Overall, I like a few of the shots I took with the Holga. Next up will be purchasing/borrowing a scanner so I can share the pictures with everyone. So roll #1 was a complete disaster and roll #2 was a solid B- or C.
Do you want to see the best of the frames? Or would you like me to upload the entire contact sheet from each successful roll?