Jumping Back In
Old 05-24-2016   #1
JoeV
Thin Air, Bright Sun
 
JoeV's Avatar
 
JoeV is offline
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Albuquerque, NM, USA
Posts: 1,703
Jumping Back In

Hi Folks,

I haven't processed film for some years, having been fixated with pinhole and handmade cameras, paper negatives and Harman Direct Positive Paper. But I had three rolls of Ilford FP4 Plus, sitting on a shelf in my office, from I didn't know how many years back. I finally decided to get back into processing them.

It turns out they were seven years old, and processed nicely in R09 at 1 + 25 for 8 minutes.

Now, with that as inspiration, I've loaded my Minolta X700 with some HP5 and now find myself itching to shoot and develop film once again.

I wrote a blog article about my experience. I hope this serves as inspiration for others, to get back into film.

http://pinholeobscura.blogspot.com/2...g-back-in.html

~Joe
__________________
"If your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light"

Inventor of the Light Pipe Array
My Blog
My latest book
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-25-2016   #2
charjohncarter
Registered User
 
charjohncarter's Avatar
 
charjohncarter is online now
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Danville, CA, USA
Posts: 8,682
I read your blog even though I've been processing for almost sixty years. Your drying cabinet started me rethinking about building one. What is a laminar flow blower?
  Reply With Quote

Old 05-25-2016   #3
JoeV
Thin Air, Bright Sun
 
JoeV's Avatar
 
JoeV is offline
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Albuquerque, NM, USA
Posts: 1,703
Laminar air flow is what cleanrooms use to minimize particulate contamination. Basically unturbulent air flowing from the top down, filtered with a HEPA filter.

I made mine with a computer fan and HEPA filter cartridge from a vacuum cleaner. The cabinet is a wooden frame of 1" square sticks, sheathed in aluminum flashing (that comes in rolls from the hardware stores), attached to the frame with adhesive and screws. Light and strong construction. The fan/filter/lamp is on top, with switches and a fuse for safety, with a labyrinth trap in the bottom so the airflow can exit the cabinet without dust coming back in. The door uses a piano-type hinge and is sealed with weather stripping foam.

The base of the cabinet is on caster wheels, with a handle on either side. It's light enough to pick up and carry if needed, and tall enough for 36 exposure film rolls.

~Joe
__________________
"If your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light"

Inventor of the Light Pipe Array
My Blog
My latest book
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 17:32.


vBulletin skin developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All content on this site is Copyright Protected and owned by its respective owner. You may link to content on this site but you may not reproduce any of it in whole or part without written consent from its owner.