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Problems with my first attempt at black and white developing ......

Saturn V

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Hello....

Im so confused....

I tried to develop my first back and white film this afternoon.....

I was shooting with Ilford HP4 film from 2006 (It came with my camera)

I think I metered the shots on the camera right.......

When I developed, I left it in the developer for 7mins and not the 6.30 mins to what I thought would compensate for the film been so old (This is where im confused....did I go the wrong way ? should I have reduced the development time ?)

All the negatives came out REALLY dark, when I scanned them I had to compensate a lot just to get an image......

When I edited them they were really washed out.....

This was the picture after did the most with what I had, and my first ever developed film.....

neww.jpg

Any help and advice would be great, and appreciated.......
 

BriPriUK

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Hi
This looks like serious over-development, more than you would get with an extra 30 seconds. What developer did you use, and did you mix it correctly? You would normally expect a fair degree of base fog with out of date film, depending on storage. Could you post a photo of the negatives?

Brian P
 

Saturn V

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Hi thanks for taking the time to reply....

I think I might have worked out where I went wrong.....

When I mixed the chemicals they had to be at around 50 Celsius ...

I think I forgot to check the temperature when I developed them and didn't let the developer cool down.....

Maybe I "over cooked" my film ?
 

BriPriUK

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Yes, that would definitely be the problem.
Temperature is probably more important that time.
Brian P
 

Saturn V

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So much to learn......

Im glad that im only taking and then processing 3-4 pictures at a time....that way I can catch silly errors like this and correct......

I took 4 more....they are drying......I hear 2-3 hours drying is enough ?

Thanks.....
 

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68F, I always remember that temperature for B&W developing. Drying time depends on the humidity in the room.


I bought one of these in the 1970s- was on sale for $15. The canister is re-usable, draws out moisture.
 
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