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E6 Processing with Expired Chemistries

One of the unexpected joys of homemade processing: using expired chemistries.

We love expired film and expired cameras, so we could love expired chemistries, right?

Using a Jobo ATL3 for some time now, I progressively observed some strange results with my E6 processes. I suspect that the reversal bath or the bleach (which took a dark orange tint) to be responsible.

So, as you can see in the gallery, things are going a bit wrong. A strange orange tint instead of clear whites, weird edges around lights in long exposures, confusion between positive or negative image, some unpredictable bursts of contrasts, and long dirty marks like if the film hadn’t been rinsed properly (but it was).

Furthermore, I noticed that Kodak films were more sensitive to expired chemistries than Fuji films, which is surprising as I use Kodak chemistries…

Anyway, if you ever have the chance to get expired chemistries don’t hesitate, just try them!

written by stouf

15 comments

  1. vicuna

    vicuna

    wow! great tipster and fantastic experimentation by master @stouf!!! The results are very surprising, almost surrealistic!! great job man! :)

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  2. shoujoai

    shoujoai

    super cool!!

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  3. lawypop

    lawypop

    i like no. 11 & 14 . great results!

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  4. kdstevens

    kdstevens

    The master, indeed. Well done!

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  5. kdstevens

    kdstevens

    Dude. Snow and graveyards--get some sun!

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  6. stouf

    stouf

    Thanks a lot guys ! I submitted this post about 6 months ago... Since then I discovered that the reversal bath was guilty !
    Thank you so much for the nice words...
    @kdstevens: You're right, and I'm working on that... : )
    Cheers

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  7. mackadoo

    mackadoo

    this is amazing! and such lovely pictures!

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  8. mikahsupageek

    mikahsupageek

    amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing ! should rename Pr. Stouf ;)

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  9. stouf

    stouf

    Thank you ! Lomolove everyone !

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  10. azurblue

    azurblue

    J'avais loupé cet article. J'adore le résultat !

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  11. kvboyle

    kvboyle

    How did I miss this?? Amazing pictures, great tipster.

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  12. stickyvinny

    stickyvinny

    This is great! :D

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  13. parsifal85

    parsifal85

    bello bello bello!!!

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  14. parsifal85

    parsifal85

    12-14-16!!!! are great pictures!! and the rest too

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  15. ik

    ik

    what happens if you do the same whit b&w pictures

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