Very pleased with Progress

The keen eyed amongst you will note a 2 month gap in the “Journey” menu item above.

I have spent the free days in the two months I had focusing on getting my film development sorted out and I think now I have succeeded.

I bought the Jobo CPE3 as I am taking a lot of film and needed a way to process films quickly but consistently in Black and White and Colour, inc reverse films like Kodak Ektachrome 100 that I use.

I have changed B&W developer also, now using Ilford’s ID-11 which is for me, superb. Does what it says on the box.

“Bench” Ilford XP2 iso 400 120 roll via Bronica ETRSi 40mm lens. Developed in Ilford’s ID-11

My B&W negatives in both 35mm and 120 formats are now sharp, clean and very printable via my Durst 601 enlarger. Very pleased indeed.

Colour negatives, the key reason I bought the Jobo, are also spot on and developed as expected. Again both 35mm and 120 formats using the timings in the Tetenal C-41 kit manual worked a treat.

“Whitewash” Kodak Gold 200 120 roll developed using Tetenal C-41 kit – Bronica ETRSi 40mm
“Lilly” Kodak Gold 200 120 roll developed using Tetenal C-41 kit – Bronica ETRSi 40mm

Finally the roll of Kodak Ektachrome 100 I shot the film version of the 30mm shells image developed using the Tetenal E-6 kit, has also turned out great.

I was worried for about an hour while the film dried, because even knowing that Reverse film has a sort of blue milky look when it first pops out the dev tank, the colours looked underdeveloped and I was planning another shoot.

But I need not of had any fear.

After the roll dried close to 100% the colours popped just as I photographed them and expected them to be. I did ultra careful metering with the flash which has paid off.

Above are both the Kodak Ektachrome and Canon R6 versions side by side.

So now with confidence that I can develop all of my films at home and achieve quality negatives to either print on paper via my Enlarger or get hi res scans via my scanner, I can march ever onwards in film photography.

Time to stop taking “test” photos to see how they will come out and put trust in my bank of new skills. Moving into creating good images from both real life and what I see and via the Studio (shed). Time to get creative.

So if you to are hitting walls in your film photography, or digital for that matter, maybe do what I did and take some time to focus on the key issue at hand.

I wish you well

DC x

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