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#1 480sparky

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 09:27 PM

So I decided to use all that old Kodachrome I was given and experiment with souping it in caffenol.  Yesterday, I bought some instant coffee and washing soda, but could not find any vitamin C in crystal form, so I decided to forge ahead without it.

I loaded up a roll of Kodachrome 40 (made for 3200K lighting) and fired off 6 frames, exposing it at ASA 10.  I developed it at 68°F for 9 minutes, followed by several rinses.  The caffenol came out MUCH darker than it went in, so I was hoping the remjet got dissolved.

I fixed with normal Ilford fixer for 5 minutes, and there was just a [i]touch[/i] of remjet still clinging to the film.  Several swipes after a thorough rinse removed a bit more of the (very soft) remjet.

What I ended up with was some very faint (negative) images on orangish film base.  This is pretty much what I expected.

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Not bad for my first caffenol job, 'specially considering the film expired 25 years ago.

I am doling out the film in short sections just to characterize it and plan my next move.  Hopefully, it will only take 3 or 4 full rolls before I can start getting usable images.


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Posted 05 November 2015 - 09:37 PM

Interesting and considering the age pretty good.

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 11:05 PM

Good luck, hope you get the right mix.  I am impressed so far. 

 

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 11:11 PM

One of the scanned images, inverted and desaturated to b&w:

 

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 11:31 PM

Not bad sparky actually pretty good.

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Posted 05 November 2015 - 11:32 PM

Looks good.

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 08:26 AM

Wow, you are amazing!


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