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Stand Development - Ode to Rodinal

Maybe I'm lazy, but standing around carefully timing out eight, twelve or whatever minutes makes me pretty antsy. If you feel the same way, this is for you - stand development is hassle free, just mix the chemicals, then go watch TV.

Stand development is a way to develop film using high dilutions of Rodinal, typically 1:100 for 1 hour or 1:200 for 2 hours. It’s a technique I’ve become very fond of using, so I thought I’d share it with you all.

There’s something attractive about a chemical that is as simple as Rodinal (you can actually make it yourself), yet so complex and refined in the way it works. It’s been around since 1891, which makes it the oldest commercial developer. It’s dirt cheap and it may be expired or oxidized to the point of being brown and still work just fine. Rodinal was in serious danger of extinction when Agfa gave up making film, but luckily production was taken up by Maco.

Darkroom practice is always a very personal thing, and there are many ways of doing this. Here’s what works for me (following the directions of Flickr’s Yolise):

I use a dilution of 1:100 at 20C.

  • Pour in the chemicals
  • Tap the tank against the table to dislodge air bubbles.
  • For the first five minutes agitate 10s. per minute (comes out to about 2 slow inversions).
  • Then leave the tank on the table top for about a half hour.
  • Do two more slow inversions.
  • Leave to stand another half hour.
  • Pour out the chemicals, do a water stop bath (with dilutions this high, an acid really isn’t necessary).
  • Fix and rinse as usual.

Some people call this semi-stand because of the agitation halfway.

When agitating, slow and steady is the game, don’t shake it around, otherwise you’ll end up with very “contrasty” negatives.

Don’t be concerned about overdeveloping your negatives. At high dilutions Rodinal works as a compensating developer, which means that as the chemicals get exhausted they stop working on the highlights but continue working on the mid tones, thus preventing blown highlights.

You’ll get the most consistent results with 120 film. You need at least 5ml of Rodinal to a film, so if you want to try it with 35mm film be sure to use at least 500ml of 1:100 solution. No more than one film per tank.

Try it, upload the results, and don’t forget to tag them “stand development”.

Check out the Flickr group dedicated to Rodinal
More about Rodinal here and here

written by eggzakly

19 comments

  1. oldskool_rider

    oldskool_rider

    sounds good, but i dont have any kit for home development...im looking into it though!! :)

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  2. oldskool_rider

    oldskool_rider

    i love shot 1 by the way!!!!

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  3. eyecon

    eyecon

    I never heard about this but the results turned out supernice!

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  4. mattcharnock

    mattcharnock

    nice tip dude! i may have to try it!

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  5. rater

    rater

    OK, now I am a fan of Rodinal! Actually, I've tried to fins some Rodinal in Canada, though no lucky...

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  6. stouf

    stouf

    I wanna try it ! Thanks for the super tip !

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  7. lomosexual_manboy

    lomosexual_manboy

    Great tip, this sounds so easy you can just kick back and let the rodinal do its thing. I'll have to try this soon.

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  8. lomosexual_manboy

    lomosexual_manboy

    Great tip, this sounds so easy you can just kick back and let the rodinal do its thing. I'll have to try this soon.

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  9. lomosexual_manboy

    lomosexual_manboy

    Great tip, this sounds so easy you can just kick back and let the rodinal do its thing. I'll have to try this soon.

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  10. lomosexual_manboy

    lomosexual_manboy

    Great tip, this sounds so easy you can just kick back and let the rodinal do its thing. I'll have to try this soon.

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  11. lomosexual_manboy

    lomosexual_manboy

    Great tip, this sounds so easy you can just kick back and let the rodinal do its thing. I'll have to try this soon.

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  12. grenoouille

    grenoouille

    Very interesting tip... though it would drive me mad to wait 2 hours for my film to be processed...
    However, your results are really great!

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  13. grenoouille

    grenoouille

    Very interesting tip... though it would drive me mad to wait 2 hours for my film to be processed...
    However, your results are really great!

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  14. grenoouille

    grenoouille

    Very interesting tip... though it would drive me mad to wait 2 hours for my film to be processed...
    However, your results are really great!

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  15. grenoouille

    grenoouille

    Very interesting tip... though it would drive me mad to wait 2 hours for my film to be processed...
    However, your results are really great!

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  16. eggzakly

    eggzakly

    Thanks for reading, guys!

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  17. ik

    ik

    i don't get it do you need to put developer and stop togheter?

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  18. eggzakly

    eggzakly

    No. You pour out the chemicals, then pour in the water stop bath. Note that I'm simply using water as a stop, no acid necessary.

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  19. onthedot

    onthedot

    There is also a lot of good information at StandDevelopment.com. And since this article has been written, Rodinal has gone extinct (from Agfa) and is being made by Adox under the name of Adonal. It is exactly the same formula.
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