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My First Homemade E6 Process

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 I shot a kodak EPR 64, outdated since 1989 with my horizon, during the Carnival of Québec.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

32 comments

  1. champi

    champi

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

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  2. oldskool_rider

    oldskool_rider

    great story, great shots!!!!

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  3. wil6ka

    wil6ka

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

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  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:
    http://beta.lomograp(…)ests/202734

    LOMO ON !!!

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  5. mattcharnock

    mattcharnock

    good work my friend! I love the tones

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  6. vicuna

    vicuna

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

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  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.

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  8. grenoouille

    grenoouille

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

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  9. thaiseb

    thaiseb

    Excellent ! Et les photos sont vraiment sympas.

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  10. ethermoon

    ethermoon

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

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  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...:)))

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  12. rater

    rater

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

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  13. maxpinckers

    maxpinckers

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

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  14. stouf

    stouf

    Woooow thanks a lot everyone !!!

    Here's a working link for the aquarelle:
    http://beta.lomograp(…)fekt/202734

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

    lomolove

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  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 :)

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  16. stinketier

    stinketier

    i also wanna have this machine! ;-)

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  17. kirri-joy

    kirri-joy

    great idea, good on you for trying

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  18. fuzztone04

    fuzztone04

    no.2 is so intense, i love it!

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  19. anelfandhiszippo

    anelfandhiszippo

    Cool to do your own x-pro =)

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  20. strangelilgirl

    strangelilgirl

    wow congrats

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  21. adi_totp

    adi_totp

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

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  22. lakandula

    lakandula

    this is so cooooooooooooolllll!

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  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?

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  24. stoonja

    stoonja

    Ouai cool, super resultat, chapeau !!!!

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  25. mephisto19

    mephisto19

    cooool!

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  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 :)

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  27. anarchy

    anarchy

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

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  28. kylewis

    kylewis

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

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  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!
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  30. japsix

    japsix

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

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  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

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  32. hanifmaidin

    hanifmaidin

    cool

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