The Caffenol Cookbook

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  1. grommi

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    Sorry if already posted somewhere else here.

    http://caffenol-cookbook.com/

    Quote from the help page:

    "Who? What? Why?

    Well, basically we are a mixed bunch of people from all over the globe, all using variations of the same developer. We met thru Flickr, Apug etc. We compared our results, experimented, tried and developed our own new formulas and discussed the further evolution of coffee developers. It is our belief that Caffenol can compete with the best commercial developers out there, in addition it is the ONLY developer that you can safely pour out in the sink and dispose of thru the sewer system without any hazards to the environment apart from the negative side effects of too much caffeine in the occasional rat..

    This book is intended for beginners, intermediate and advanced users alike. Although a basic understanding of analog b/w film development probably is best, anyone with an exposed b/w film, a film development tank, access to clean running water, the neccessary ingredients and a fixer bath can achieve marvelous results from the first try using any of the recipes provided and described in this book. Caffenol developers have gained huge momentum with enthusiasts all over the world because of their characteristics, versatility, availability and last but not least their unique environment friendly footprint. We, the authors have created this book both as a inspirational guide for anyone interested in trying or expanding on Caffenol and as a showcase of the Caffenol developers many state of the art abilities. It is also a perhaps romantic voyage into a more archaic form of photography, as was prevalent in the last century, where craftmanship and a honed, tacit, and careful “innate” sensibility for making seemed more natural then than in this fastpaced "online" commercialized era."

    Thanks a lot for your interest - Reinhold G.
     
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    I had a quick look and quit after a few pages, this is a really irritating way to read something.
     
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    I will second the sentiments on this being an irritating way to read something. Possibly some good information here but I'm likely not going to find out for sure...
     
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    i can't even read the printing it's so out of focus. would love to read it i could.
     
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    I was able to read it with no problem but I prefer to read on my iPad and the format it's in does not run on iPad. Might I suggest a PDF version. PDF files can be read on virtually any device so this would allow users flexibility.
     
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    Not too bad. Some pages took a few moments to fully load so the print did not clear right away, but when it did it was no longer fuzzy.
     
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    Excellent job!
    A great source of information and free.
    Thank You very much.
     
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    The pages preload dynamically so the the blurriness will go away eventually as stated by Pioneer above!
    And a mobile version is in the making for all pads, phones and whatnots.
     
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    Thank you for publishing this! It's interesting and well done.
    As others have said, the text becomes sharp after a few seconds.
    Is a pdf available?

    Mark Overton
     
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    The first edition of the mobile version is now online!
     
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    I like the content (did not yet read everything though), but a pdf for offline reading would be much better imho.

    Stefan

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    This seems quite nice.

    However, the presentation medium is doing a great disservice to it.

    Three aspects are extremely unfortunate:

    1. The font, which does improve upon full page load, is still quite fuzzy.
    2. Pages weigh in between 14kb and over 1mb! Each page is stored as a separate .swf file, apparently as an image (including the text pages) with almost no compression whatsoever. This causes a delay of several seconds per page flip.
    3. It pegs the CPU if the mouse pointer is anywhere within the page. Don't try to read it on a laptop!
     
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    Fix for Fuzzy type

    For what it's worth, if you hold your cursor at the bottom of the page, you get a magnification slider that allows you to blow up the print. Mine became clear and readable at 150%.

    Regards
     
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    Thanks for the link!

    Micah in NC
     
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    I don't understand the point of this? I can't find any recipes just examples of photographers work, it says "cookbook" but I only see page after page of images, and the scrolling is ridiculous. I didn't have any issues with blur at all like others mention but I'm on an iPad.

    Can you please explain.


    ~Stone

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    unfriendly interface for me...
     
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    stone

    the recipes are in the back AFTER the photographs ... beginning at about page 68 ..
     
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    Caffeic Acid quatity known?

    fyi Recipe section of the cookbook is now a download pdf at the site. It reads clearly.

    98% pure lab grade Caffeic acid is available. About $40 US for 2 grams. Has anyone discovered the actual amount of caffeic acid released from the 'coffee crystals' of choice. Note: the high purity goodie is not listed as soluble in water; (solubility ethanol: soluble50 mg/mL).
     
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    Seriously? that's ridiculous... why would I want to click through 60+ pages of other peoples work... that's just idiotic...
     
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    Oh good..

    A few things, there's still a lot of talk between the pertinent info, it would be good to make this more concise. There also seem to be a few different versions of the recipe with no real standard on what the times/temps are for each film and dev combo, it's kind of confusing.

    I would applaud the OP in putting this together, its really a great bit of info and I'm sure it's not the OP's day job so it's really kind of all the Photogs to have contributed and put this together. At least there's a PDF now I can put on my phone...

    However having an actual appendix with a full dev chart would REALLY add to this, just a time/temp/film thing for best results instead of "well I usually develop this at 9-11 minutes" which honestly drives any precision photographer up the wall ... "well which is it!!?? 9, 11, 9:13, 10:27 etc etc... I can tell you more do this haphazardly based on your writing, but to some of us having precise data to start out with is really the only way to get us started, we may not want to experiment so much before knowing the proper dev times etc.

    Thanks for putting this together and I hope you keep on improving upon this.

    ~Stone
     
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    hey stone ...
    have a sip of water, take a deeeep breath and relax :smile:

    if you put your mouse at the bottom of the page, a box pops up ..
    enter a page number in the box and go directly to whatever page you want to go to ...
    or just download the pdf, and enter the pagenumber to go to in the box ...

    enjoy your coffee !
     
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    I was on my ipad... I had to click page by page... I got to page 10 and said screw this ... LOL

    It's better on the Computer... I wasn't that upset, just think it's silly to format it that way.
     
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    I haven't had any issues with the format. Everything's clear and only took awhile loading at the beginning.

    As far as the recipes being after the photos...I would think a rational reason would be that people who haven't tried it may want to have an idea of the quality offered...before they bother looking at recipes. If the results aren't up to standard, why would I want to see the recipes? So when I looked at it, I wanted to see resulting images before the recipes.

    To each their own, but no need to call the people who assembled and designed the book idiotic.
     
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    I think giving examples of image with each type of recipe would make more sense...

    Again I was on my iPad, I didn't have any loading time issues but on the iPad it licks you into the "mobile" site which is limited and you have to go page by law, also they have fixed it since I'm told.


    ~Stone

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    I have no problem with the format... just disappointed I'm not in it. :tongue:

    Congratulations to all involved.
    Cheers,
    Tom