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If you have chemicals... use them !! !

I have been messing around for ore than a year with all kinds of chemicals. I got crazy results, non-results, most film ended up in the trash bin. But all my expirimenting served finally a purpose. I found a way to use my fogged and expired 4x5 ilford HP4 film.

Finally, some crappy expired film

I bought some cheap expired sheet film, Ilford HP4. I always had good luck with expired film but this batch is fogged and has lost a lot of its sensitivity. What would you expect, HP4 was discontinued in 1989. My box did not have an expiry date printed on. That’s how old it is.

So I used it and discoverd two problems.It has to be shot at ISO 50/100 and not at boxspeed (400) and it’s seriously fogged. My negatives were very, very crappy. One thing was clear to me, even for lo-fi photography, this film was going to give trouble.

Cook it, bleach it, quick degrade it

So I remebered one of my failed projects, one that enhanced detail and bleached the negative at the same time. So I cooked my negative in a special, quite dangerous mix. I scanned the results as colour negatives, because they came out coloured. They looked like this.

You can even see the detail on the wall painting in the back. This was the original neg:

Photo by gauthierdumonde

If you have chemicals, you should use them

I am not a chemist, I just like some trial and error. So I dropped my chemicals in the mix before fixing my film. And yes, it worked. I got rid of the blue and my happy crappy film becomes usable. Yihaa mamaa.

Photo by gauthierdumonde

Greetz Gauthier

written by gauthierdumonde


  1. sandravo


    Awesome! What's the secret recipe? I have a bad batch of ektachrome EPP that gives very dark negatives with very little detail, maybe this can save the day...

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  2. ohlordy


    mad professor !

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  3. hervinsyah


    LOVE THE RESULT VERY MUCH, just had no money & place to do the same T_T

    12 months ago · report as spam