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Subject:New camera: good news and bad news
Time:11:31 pm
I spent the evening in the darkroom. Remember the crap on my negatives that I thought might have been scanning artifacts? I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that it's on the negatives. I was kind of hoping that wasn't the case. The good news is that, after thinking about it for a while and talking to a couple of people, I think I know what happened. If I'm right, and I'm 90% confident that I am, it's something that I fucked up during development rather than a problem with the camera.

I developed this film in a tank that holds three reels of medium format film. I only had two. What a smart person would do in this situation is put an empty reel on top so that the film was held down in the developer solution. What a n00b would do is space on putting the third reel in, and let the top reel potentially float up out of the developer. This completely fits with the sort of bubbly look of the grunge.

If I was in love with the images I could fix some of it in Photoshop. Since they were just test shots, I don't really care. I did a print of the railroad tracks that I kinda like, though. I'm extremely happy with my choice of crops. Here's my scan of the print, and the scan of the negative that I posted last night:

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filthy_habit
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Time:2010-10-22 01:46 pm (UTC)
You're obviously not using metal reels? The floating isn't an issue with metal reels.

My tanks would hold an extra 35mm reel when I would develop 120 film. Not filling the empty space with a reel would sometimes cause flare-like streaks in the film from the tumbling during agitation, especially when using a hot developer like technodol.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-10-22 04:02 pm (UTC)
Nope. I'm using Paterson reels.
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clutch_c
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Time:2010-10-22 02:32 pm (UTC)
I like the decision to crop out that piece of paper or whatever it is. That was distracting.

But I like the contrast better in the original image. And the fact that a longer length of track is included makes it seem more dramatic. Or something.
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melebeth
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Time:2010-10-22 06:37 pm (UTC)
*nod* *nod* For me, part of the impact is lost when you lose the length. I actually didn't mind the paper. It made me wonder. "What would be written on that?"
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whipartist
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Time:2010-10-22 09:38 pm (UTC)
I cropped it that way because I hated having the closest part of the rail so out of focus. I could crop it to something vertical and bring back the illusion of length.
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phantomdancer
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Time:2010-10-22 10:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah that floating reel issue was one i ran into once. It tends to happen unless you use metal reels and you can't pay me enough to work with metal reels. They're a huge pain in the ass...so drop in a spare reel to force the other ones down and you're fine...
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