Grain clumping?

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by bill h, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. bill h

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    Never seen anything like this. Arista 100 (shot at 50) developed in split 23, fairly fresh (about a month old, well within capacity) normal except somewhat shorter time due to temperature (about 72). Water stop. Fixed in TF4.
    The B side, developed in straight Xtol, was completely normal.

    Dumped the developer, which appeared normal too, greenish after the Arista.
    Shoulda used caffinol.

    bill h
     

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    In the upper part of the pic, the filth has been rubbed off. How did you do that?

    And what's a B-side?

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    Don't do spray-painting in the darkroom.:wink:
     
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    I've seen something like this on 35 mm film that allegedly got dropped in a pond, found and developed only much later.

    (Grain clumping is a controversial issue.)
     
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    When I worked in a lab I've seen this happen either with VERY old film someone tried to process, or if someone had dropped their film in a pool/tub/whatever wet resulting in the film sticking to itself. Any possibility it got loaded bad? Or do you cold store your film and/or live in a humid area?
     
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    It doesn't look like "grain clumping" to me. Looks like you got some junk on your film and you cleaned some of it away with your finger, hence the fingerprint.
     
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    I once washed some film right after utility workers did maintenance on the water mains on my street. All kinds of grit was on/embedded in the emulsion after I washed the film. I bought a filtration system not long after. Your film looks like you have a water/dirt/scum problem of some kind.

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    Not clumping. No such thing.

    If it is not dirt or another processing problem, it came from the actual manufacturing process, which I doubt.

    You did this somehow during the process - that is my opinion.

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    What on earth are you talking about?
     
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    Oh it is definitely something that I or my chemistry caused. There is no dirt on the negative, the pattern is in the emulsion. The apparent wipe marks -- well I am probably not the cleanest worker ever, I don't believe I could have done that sort of handling. There were four holders all from the same batch of Arista, and the resulting negatives were processed 4 and 4; first four in Xtol, they were normal; second four, one from each holder, processed in Thornton formula D23, two part, A and B. There are no marks on either side of the film that would suggest fingerprints, though the clear area does show what appears to be a fingerprint. Not guilty.
    My reason for posting is curiosity, I've never seen anything like this; not worth much effort. More testing tonight with fresh developer.

    Thanks for your ideas. Bill h