Amazing Discovery or OOOPS!

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by Richard Wasserman, Jul 23, 2005.

  1. Richard Wasserman

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    I don't know if this belongs in the film and chemistry section, or in the hang my head and put my tail between my legs section. I thought that after being involved in photography for more years than I can count I had made all the mistakes possible, but no, I found a new one. I just developed (maybe "processed" is the correct word), 2 rolls of 120 FP4 in Pyrocat HD. I have been using Pyrocat for quite a while with wonderful results and great consistency. Well, to make a long story short if you use 2 parts of the "A" solution and 0 parts "B", you get nice clear negatives. Not exactly the effect I was after. Oh well, there's always tomorrow....
     
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    Maybe that is why its part a AND b! haha. We all make mistakes. Its okay. I think my biggest mistake was when I was first mixing Amidol...I used Sodium Sulfide, rather then Sodium Sulfite! MY WHOLE DARKROOM WAS A ROTTEN EGG! EWWW!
     
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    If it makes you feel any better I will confess that I have done this myself, and more than once. And once with a 12X20" negative.

    Life can really bite you on the butt sometimes!!

    Sandy
     
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    Sandy, I suddenly feel better!

    Richard Wasserman
     
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    Now that had to hurt..
     
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    My Big Boo Boo

    If you think that's bad, I can remember a time when I was out shooting on a cold winter morning. I was certain that I had some incredible shots on the rolls from that morning. I had not done any photography for a few months and I was rarin' to go. I loaded up the tank and just before pouring in the pre-soak, I got the feeling that I may not have loaded the reels correctly. So I opened up the tank and had a look. Everything looked fine so I closed the tank and commenced processing, thinking about the masterpieces that I had. I did not realise what I had done until I had a look at the film as I was removing it from the reel. Totally exposed film, :sad: and a whole morning's effort shot, as well as the time and chemicals wasted in the darkroom. Feel better now?

    Mike Sullivan
     
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    Zathras, that sounds like an excellent argument for never developing before coffee... Ouch!
     
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    I "feel your pain". Having botched my fair share of film developing by getting ahead of myself or just not paying attention, I can relate...

    I'll add that one to my list of mixtures that don't work, right after Microdol-X 1:3 when the "1" of stock isn't added to the "3" of water... :smile:
     
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    Ouch!

    Last fall: I had just finished dunking 10 sheets of Efke 25 in a Rodinal bath. I placed the lid back down and reached over to turn on the lights. When I turned around I realized that I had placed the lid down on the stop bath tank. After that, I made certain that the stop and fixer tank were at least 20 inches away from the the dev tank.
     
  11. David A. Goldfarb

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    I guess there's the case for development by inspection, even if you develop by time and temperature (like I do), but sometimes you need a belt and suspenders.
     
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    Forgetting to close the top of the paper safe. While no unforgetable images were destroyed it was an expensive lesson.