LomoTess: Developing My Own Photos

For my art project, I had to take some photos with my Canon Sure Shot AF-7 and develop them. They had to have an alphabet theme, so I took shots of things beginning with random letters. It was my first time developing and I thoroughly enjoyed it so I shall certainly be doing it again.

First of all, inside a black bag with arm holes, I cut off the top of the Ilford HP-5 film canister with a can opener. Then I loaded the film onto a spiral and twisted it until all the film was properly in place. After that, I placed the spiral into the developing tank and poured the chemicals into it. I left it for a few days, and in my school’s dark room, I shook it every ten seconds for a while until my teacher said it was ready. I poured the developing chemicals out and rinsed the film carefully. Then, I took out the spiral, unwound the film, cut it in half, and left it to dry.

To develop my photos, I prepared all of my chemicals near the sink. In the first tray, I had 50ml of the paper developer and 450ml of water. The second tray was just the stop, I used water, and the third tray was 50ml of fix and 450ml of water. I also had a sink full of water and a place to hang my photos prepared too.

After that, I set up the enlarger with an infrared light; I put my film strip into the negative carrier with the picture I wanted in the window. I then placed that into the enlarger and set the timer to focus. I turned the lights off and with the safety on, I focused and adjusted the image. I put a strip of paper into the testing box and placed it under the enlarger, I changed the timer to four seconds and kept the strip under there while the image was projected onto it. Every four seconds, I covered a part of the strip until I had done it six times. Then, I put it into the developer while I rocked it and waited. When it had developed, I put it into the stop for 30 seconds and then the fix for a few minutes before finally leaving it in the water. After that, I did the exact same thing for the photo but on normal-sized paper after deciding which time was the best.

To be honest they didn’t turn out extremely well. But oh well, here’s a few of them:

written by tesslucia on 2012-09-06 in #lifestyle #lomotess-series #tesslucia #dark-room #chemicals #art #develop #pictures

More Interesting Articles

  • Pushing Boundaries: Multiple Exposing Film Soup

    written by Amber Valentine on 2015-04-21 in #world #tipster
    Pushing Boundaries: Multiple Exposing Film Soup

    As you may have read in my previous article, I truly fell in love with Lomography when I combined my Fisheye camera with an old Canon AE-1 for magical photographic results. Last summer, I took so many pictures of flowers that it started to become almost boring for me. My waning interest and the coming winter meant that I had to figure out something else to do with my 35mm film.

    1
  • Summer Hot Spots: Blaavand, Denmark (Part One)

    written by dermanu on 2014-08-31 in #world #locations
    Summer Hot Spots: Blaavand, Denmark (Part One)

    When I was a child, I regularly went to Blaavand located at the Danish west coast with my brothers and my parents. However, I didn't anymore when I grew up. But in 2012, we hit the road again. It was my first visit there in about 20 years. I took the chance and packed as many cameras as possible into my luggage. In this article, I'm going to present to you the photos I took with my Nikon F-501 SLR.

  • 12 Months, 12 Projects: March Of Caffenol

    written by Maaike van Stratum on 2015-04-12 in #world #lifestyle
    12 Months, 12 Projects: March Of Caffenol

    My list of resolutions for 2015 consists of 12 projects, one for every month. March was for caffenol. You have probably heard of the amazing fact that you can develop black and white photos with coffee, sodium, and vitamin C. I had tried this before but with less than stellar results. Somehow, there's always something going wrong. Time to devote a few rolls to caffenol to finally get the hang of it.

    1
  • Shop News

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    Shoot recognizable images with the Petzval

    You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens photos are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!

  • The Lomo’Instant Splitzer: the Must-Have Slice and Dice Accessory!

    written by bgaluppo on 2015-03-06 in #gear #lifestyle
    The Lomo’Instant Splitzer: the Must-Have Slice and Dice Accessory!

    What exactly do I feel while waiting for my Lomo'Instant photos to be developed? I have to say I get a mix of "Surprise me, dear Lomo!" but also some "Did I capture it as I wanted?" kind of thought. No matter the school of thought, with the Splitzer you can add so many cool effects to your photos you'll definitely embrace it!

  • The Magic Yet To Come: Part 5

    written by Lomography on 2014-09-06 in #news
    The Magic Yet To Come: Part 5

    Last week, I received the strangest thing through my letterbox. It was a postcard with this photograph on 1 side. The photo is of me sitting by the sea whilst I was on vacation last year. But I have literally no idea who took this shot – That’s why I came here, to ask for your help on my search for my mysterious photographer and to try and get to bottom of the riddle they wrote me. Please help me if you can!

    10
  • Registering Moments With the Lomo'Instant

    written by bgaluppo on 2015-05-02 in #gear #lifestyle
    Registering Moments With the Lomo'Instant

    Some people say instant photos bring about a feeling of nostalgia. Although I often use the Lomo'Instant Camera with different crazy accessories such as the Splitzer and color gels, I have to agree there is something about it — dreamy vignettes maybe? — that always makes me want to go back in time and experience it all over again. In the name of analogue photography and good old memories, we passed by some classic spots in Vienna and took one shot after the other. Take a closer look at our gallery.

  • Shop News

    LC-A Iblazr Bundle

    LC-A Iblazr Bundle

    Start capturing images even in low-light conditions with this bundle you can create your own combination of LC-A camera and Iblazr flash. And save 20% off!

  • The New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens - Available Now on Kickstarter!

    written by shhquiet on 2015-05-28 in #gear #news
    The New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens - Available Now on Kickstarter!

    We are extremely excited to announce our brand new Kickstarter project — the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens! Rejoicing in the 175 year anniversary of Joseph Petzval’s first lens, the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens is a continuation of the legacy that began in 1840.

    7
  • Photo Stories: Children of the Desert by eleonorepairet

    written by eleonorepairet on 2015-05-28 in #world #lifestyle #locations
    Photo Stories: Children of the Desert by eleonorepairet

    My family and I were in Udaipur (India) for a wedding ceremony and decided to travel around the area. We went to Jaisalmer, one of the most gorgeous cities I have ever seen (located on the border with Pakistan) and decided to stop by the remote Thar Desert, which is where these pictures were taken.

    2
  • R.E.M. X Lomography Photo Contest

    written by givesmehell on 2015-05-28 in #world #competitions
    R.E.M. X Lomography Photo Contest

    Lomography is proud to announce that we are teaming up with acclaimed rock band R.E.M. to host an exclusive one-of-a-kind photo competition! The prizes include a Lomography Diana F+ Special Edition Camera, the acclaimed new ‘R.E.M. By MTV’ DVD, R.E.M. vinyl and more! Read on to see how you can participate in this rumble.

  • Shop News

    Diana F+ Premium Glass Bundle

    Diana F+ Premium Glass Bundle

    Diana F+ and Diana+ 75mm Premium Glass Lens are now ready to give you the best shots with vignetting effects, crisp quality shots together with the signature dreamy appeal of the Diana! Save 15% on the Glass Lens in this Bundle!

  • Top 5 Ready-Made Patterns in Nature

    written by Kwyn Kenaz Aquino on 2015-05-27 in #world #lifestyle
    Top 5 Ready-Made Patterns in Nature

    These fateful patterns are the base materials for a brilliant Lomo album. We count the five ways nature inspires striking and elegant compositions.

  • Charming Portraits of Little Girls in Fairy Costumes

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-05-27 in #world #lifestyle
    Charming Portraits of Little Girls in Fairy Costumes

    Don't these just remind you of your own childhood?

  • A Look at Photographs on Auction at Lempertz

    written by Kwyn Kenaz Aquino on 2015-05-27 in #world #lifestyle
    A Look at Photographs on Auction at Lempertz

    Two days from now, Lempertz will hold a sale of 195 photographic prints. The lineup is as varied as the history of photography itself. An 1856 print by an anonymous photographer is in the same group as a top-valued Joseph Szabo shot. A deceptively simple shot of a flower vase is joined by the complex textures of Lucien Hervé. Take a look at the fascinating mix.