Let's get dangerous....

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by McFortner, May 8, 2009.

  1. McFortner

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    I now have in my sweaty little hands a used copy of The Darkroom Cookbook 2nd Edition. Now I'll be able to tinker with developers (when I have the money) for my film! I haven't read much yet, but I now know it's OK to mix developers together for different effects.

    [thunder="ominous"] Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-hah! [/thunder]

    Michael

    p.s.: I'm ready for my medications, Nurse Ratchet. :D
     
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    Let me offer a word of advice: advice I certainly would not have taken at one time. Read the book through thoroughly from cover to cover before you begin playing Dr. Jekyll in the darkroom.
     
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    Awww, that takes all the fun out of it! :wink:

    For real, I was planning on doing that. I don't just want to buy chemicals without any idea of what I'm doing first. Good way to waste money and get yourself hurt that way.

    Michael
     
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    If you want to live dangerously play with developers that haven't made the DCB 2nd or 3rd Editions :D

    Ian
     
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    Is Caffenol in the 3rd edition? I know it's not in the second. And I know for a fact my version isn't in it! :surprised: :rolleyes:

    Now I just need to get out and shoot off a roll to develop. I just don't have the energy most days with my Idiopathic Hypersomnia to even get out of the house for long. I spend way too much time sleeping it seems and they have no idea why....

    Michael
     
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    not sure if it made any of the editions ---
    but it is fun to make+use :smile:
     
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    I don't think Caffenol is in the 3rd. While I have enjoyed TDC, I've found some recipes don't work well; the divided devs. It's felt that today's thin emulsions don't soak up enough a the "A" bath to be effective. If you'd like to use these devs, do test rolls before committng something important.
     
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    What if you increased the developer concentration in the "A" solution of a divided developer. Wouldn't that compensate for the thin emulsion?
     
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    For maximum development amusement I recommend tray developing with wd2d+; the negs literally glow when you transfer them into the stop bath.
     
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    Yes. At least it should. There was a fellow APUGer who increased the metol in the 'A' bath of a divided dev and then I tried it and it did work. What this gentleman's name was or how much metol he added to what dev now escapes me. Perhaps if I take a look around this Black Hole of a house, I'll find a note I scribble somewhere...

    However, you can waste a lot of film, chems and times trying to find out exactly how much metol to add. D2D is a good one, tho'.
     
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    Caffenol is not in the third edition, but there are enough recipes online that you can try. Being more alchemy than chemistry, I don't think it's the kind of formula Steve et al are trying to present. I did borrow a page from the Cookbook (page 74, to be precise... now why did I remember that? :smile: ) and added a 10% Bromide solution to my Caffenol paper recipe. This is in an attempt to coax a little more contrast out of the higher tones of my Caffenol prints. Because coffee-based developers are somewhat less scientific in their formulation, it is difficult to quantify the effects of such tweaking, but I do think my prints have taken a considerable step forward since I started printing with this process. (Toning with Selenium doesn't hurt either... if you like yummy-looking chocolate prints... :D )

    Cheers,