Drying time?

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by Joel Rainville, Jun 30, 2003.

  1. Joel Rainville

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    My very first self-processed FP4 roll is hanging in my bathroom right now! Needless to say, I am *very* excited, and can't wait to scan it.

    Now, how much time does it need to dry out completely? I have used a small hair dryer from 3-4' away, let it hang there for about 30 minutes and now it looks dry. Do I have to leave it there for a while or can I safely take it in my hands? None of the documentation I have explains the drying part thoroughly.

    I'll wait for the first reply before doing anything stupid.

    Promised.

    Unless no one answers in the next hour :D
     
  2. bmac

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    I let my film dry overnight in a suit bag. The hair dryer isgoing to blow all kinds of dust on it, and probably dry it unevenly.
     
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    Joel
    five minutes with a hair dryer at about 6" to9" should be sufficient to dry the film.
    a good test is to run the clear portion of the film between thumb and forefinger, if the finger runs smoothly the film is dry, happy scanning :D
     
  5. Joel Rainville

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    Thanks for the fast replies guys! I just cut the first 6 frames out and let the other ones dry a little more. My scanner is working on it, and I will post a link (for anyone who cares) once it's up on my site.

    Man that feels awesome :smile:
     
  6. LFGuy

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    I've never tried it, but it seems like using a hair dryer is asking for dust particles on your film (to me anyways).
     
  7. Joel Rainville

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    Straight out of the Minolta Scan Dual III, scanned as color negatives : http://www.jrainville.com/lieu.php?lieu=72

    The brick wall had a slight water mark on it, but there aren't much problems on the rest of the film as far as I can tell. Grain seems reasonable and not worse than commercially developed FP4s I have scanned in the past.

    I'm thrilled. :smile:
     
  8. Joel Rainville

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    BTW, I feel the need to say that those were all shot in a 1 hour time lapse yesterday, to be used on my first test roll. I bracketed all shots +1/-1 and I fired away in continuous mode until it read 36 on the LCD, so there isn't much to look at... except that famous National Geographic photog who happened to be there commenting his photographs exposed on the Jardin du Luxembourg fence!
     
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    You're way to eager!
     
  10. Joel Rainville

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    Yeah, I know. :wink: