My First Homemade E6 Process

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Sunday 8th of February 2009 will be one of these dates I'll remember. I processed my own slide films. In my kitchen.

Sunday 8th of February 2009 will be one of these dates I’ll remember. I processed my own slide films. In my kitchen.

Let’s start from the beginning. The only lab in Québec that was offering cheap slide processing stopped its activity. I decided to buy their processing machine. It was an old Jobo ATL 3, broken and dirty. It took me about two weeks to completely clean it and repair it. And now it works. The Jobo ATL 3 is a rotating drum (or rotary tube) processor. It’s basically a huge water bath (@ 38°C) that fills and empties automatically with chemicals a big black drum containing the films (5 X 35mm, or 4 X 120).

It’s a kine of big monster taking half of the space in my kitchen…

My two friends from Paris, Pol & Tom, came to visit me recently (Pol made a nice aquarelle of my struggle to make this old rusty thing work). I shot a kodak EPR 64, outdated since 1989 with my horizon, during the Carnival of Québec. And then I processed it in my kitchen. It was easier than I thought. I was really happy of the result.

I really encourage anyone to get a film processor if they have the possibility (mine cost 400$), I really felt something intense when I removed the processed film out of the drum…

written by stouf on 2009-02-17 in #news #slide #jobo #e6 #homemade-process

32 Comments

  1. champi
    champi ·

    Cooooooooooool!! Now you made me wanna have one!!

  2. oldskool_rider
    oldskool_rider ·

    great story, great shots!!!!

  3. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    wow - i am gonna send you my films now to develop ;)

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    Ahaha Willie ! When I'll be done with processing the 150 films that are in my fridge, I'll consider it ; )))

    Here's the link to Pol's aquarelle:
    beta.lomography.com/homes/stouf/albums/horizon-first-tests/…

    LOMO ON !!!

  5. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    good work my friend! I love the tones

  6. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Waaooow! Thats great!! And the shots are beautiful, love the slight purple tone... shot n°2 is pure beauty!!

  7. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    Oh stouf you are totally my hero. Traveling to the places I want to go...buying the machines I want to buy, haha. The pics turned out great. Can't wait to see the next batches.
    Shot 2 is extraordinary.

  8. grenoouille
    grenoouille ·

    T'es complètement cinglé! ou génial!!!
    Géantes tes photos!

  9. thaiseb
    thaiseb ·

    Excellent ! Et les photos sont vraiment sympas.

  10. ethermoon
    ethermoon ·

    really great! i wish i can process my own films too... even just b/w! :D

  11. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    Oh man that's great...i have just checked how much it costs to send you my film...at the moment the lab in my town is still cheaper than you but for a great amount of film...:)))

  12. rater
    rater ·

    Great success my friend! You did a great job setting the machine!

  13. maxpinckers
    maxpinckers ·

    so technically you could make your own x-pro too now ?

  14. stouf
    stouf ·

    Woooow thanks a lot everyone !!!

    Here's a working link for the aquarelle:
    beta.lomography.com/homes/stouf/albums/horizon-perfekt/2027…

    And yes. If I replace the E6 chemistries by C41, I can go x-pro ...

    lomolove

  15. day3hugger
    day3hugger ·

    congrats !! u will save loots of money ....i just spend 40 bucks on developing slides :( im gonna have to find a way to cut the costs or im gonna go on bankruptcy ! maybe u should become the lomo developer and be our savior :)

  16. stinketier
    stinketier ·

    i also wanna have this machine! ;-)

  17. kirri-joy
    kirri-joy ·

    great idea, good on you for trying

  18. fuzztone04
    fuzztone04 ·

    no.2 is so intense, i love it!

  19. anelfandhiszippo
    anelfandhiszippo ·

    Cool to do your own x-pro =)

  20. strangelilgirl
    strangelilgirl ·

    wow congrats

  21. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    stouf,i'm so speechless! very wooooooooooooooooooooowwww!!

  22. lakandula
    lakandula ·

    this is so cooooooooooooolllll!

  23. babo
    babo ·

    Well... Im speechless... hmm... since Im typing I guess Im typless...

    Simply amazing results... Is that blue shift due to some filter, the expired film or some unknown factor in the chemistry/machine?

  24. stoonja
    stoonja ·

    Ouai cool, super resultat, chapeau !!!!

  25. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    cooool!

  26. lomodirk
    lomodirk ·

    OH YES!!! I think about getting a machine too. I`m tired of all troubles bout xpro...But I don`t have enough space now...I need a bigger apartment :)

  27. anarchy
    anarchy ·

    Just WOW!!! I'm speechless....

  28. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Amazing and funny shots! congrats on your new development!!

  29. dancl
    dancl ·

    wow! I wasn't aware you bought the machine! for sure if I was there in Qc for longer time we could have done something to get some money back after the purshase... great to know! congrats!

  30. japsix
    japsix ·

    you are a wizard!!!!!!!!!

  31. stouf
    stouf ·

    Thanks so much everyone ! All your nice comments are really touching me...
    @babo: Now that a few months have passed, I can tell you with confidence it's because the film is very old... And the only filter I used is UV... It's definitely the film... Sorry for the late answer ! 8D

  32. hanifmaidin
    hanifmaidin ·

    cool

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